Yesterday was Ash Wednesday. At work I saw many people come in with ashes on their forehead. I got excited because this means we are closer to Easter. I don’t mean Easter with the bunnies and all that. I mean the true meaning of Easter. It marks the day Jesus Christ rose from the dead. He has RISEN! “The Lord is risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon”! (Luke 24:34 NKJV)
I never really understood the ashes on the forehead, but I did some google searching and it says in the Western Christian calendar, Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent and occurs forty-six days before Easter. Many Catholic churches and services of worship on this day, worshippers are blessed with ashes by the celebrating priest or minister. The priest or minister marks the forehead of each participant with black ashes, in the shape of a cross, which the worshipper traditionally retains until washing it off after sundown. In many Christian churches, the minister of ashes may also be a layperson or non-clergyman. The symbolism echoes the ancient Near Eastern tradition of throwing ash over one’s head signifying repentance before God (as related in the Bible). On Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, Catholics between the ages of 18 and 59 are permitted to consume only one full meal, which may be supplemented by two smaller meals, which together should not equal the full meal. Many Catholics will go beyond the minimum obligations demanded by the Church and undertake a complete fast or a bread and water fast. Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are also days of abstinence from meat, as are all Fridays in Lent. Many Catholics continue fasting during the whole of lent, as was the Church’s traditional requirement, concluding only after the celebration of the Easter Vigil. (google.com)
I think this is cool. I mean with the way this world is, repenting of your sins and showing that even if for only forty six days that you are giving up something you really like, for God, awesome! God knows our hearts and our motives behind every single thing we are going to do. We can’t “sneak” or hide things from Him. Whatever dark secrets you think no one knows, God knows. The thing is, we serve a loving God. He is faithful, and He has already paid the price for our sins. When He send His only son to die for each of us. (John 3:16) If you are in a dark place right now, please know that God loves you so much. He does not want anyone to not know Him, to not experience His love, His grace and most of all His forgiveness. In Romans 10: 12-13, “Whoever calls on the name of Lord Shall be saved. A person can be a child of God regardless of race, sex, or social status. (Gal. 3:26-29, 4:1-7, Col. 3:9-11) Whoever believes in Christ shall be counted as righteous, “If you know that He is righteous, you know that everyone who practices righteousness is born of Him.” 1 John 2:29 and shall inherit everlasting life. (John 3:16)
“Lord you are good and your mercies endures for ever.”!