The Lenten season has begun! This week we gathered in our chapel for our Ash Wednesday service. We sang songs, read scripture, shared prayer, and left to go into the world with ashes on our foreheads or the back of our hands. The imposition of ashes signifies our recognition of our mortality and our ability to fall short of the mark in our lives and our actions. The ashes we imposed were ashes from the burnt palms we waved on the last few Palm Sundays
This observance sets us on a Lenten journey that requires us to reflect as we once again journey with Jesus to Jerusalem. That journey will lead us to remember the life, ministry, death, and resurrection of Jesus as we move toward Easter on April 16.
I encourage you to spend this Lenten season in prayer, reflection, and study. These practices are good for us. They point us, as Jesus did, toward an understanding that faith requires us to acknowledge our shortcomings and to refocus our lives toward God. And that my friends, is the whole point of all of this! May you know God’s peace as we explore together the journey that is before us!