Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Ash Wednesday...Journeying to the Cross
One of the things I like most about worshipping at a Liturgical church- meaning we celebrate different 'seasons' and events....is changing the art work in the Sanctuary. This is the new Lent 'mobile' we made today- funny but the blue is actually a very beautiful purple (for repentance) and there's black ( our sin) & dark red ( the blood Christ shed ) It's all very stunning in real life, and spins very slowly with the air currents about 30 feet up in the ceiling. Today is Ash Wednesday- the beginning of the Lenten Season - where we prepare our hearts for the journey to the Cross of Christ- and remember that we were created from ashes and our earthly bodies shall return to ashes. Some people like to 'give up' something for Lent- out of reverance, thanksgiving, repentance, whatever....and then think about God when they are NOT doing/having whatever it is they 'gave up'. One year I gave up chocolate. Another coffee. Another dessert. And then I had an 'epiphany'.....there is not a single thing that I could EVER give up that would even come close to what God & Christ gave up for me. So for me, personally, the idea of giving something up is a half-hearted attempt to impress God. I'd rather focus on His mercy, grace, love, forgiveness, redemption & salvation with nothing in the way! But who knows- maybe next year I'll have another 'epiphany' and give up something again. Either way- God loves me :) ><>
P.S.: if you want a funny perspective on 'fasting' during Lent- check out www.skitguys.com - I love these guys!
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