Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Ash Wednesday 2011

Today is Ash Wednesday.  Christians all over the world begin their 40 day journey toward Easter.  Known as Lent, this journey is marked by fasting and prayer.  For some it's marked by penance.  The Palm Leaves from last Palm Sunday have been burned to create ashes.  Those ashes mixed with oils will be placed on our foreheads in the shape of a cross.  This is to remind us of our mortality, and also seal our Lenten commitment.
The big question we hear is, "What are you giving up for Lent?"
Or, "what are you taking on for Lent?"
For me this year, I heard a good friend ask us all-
"What does God want you to do this year for Lent?"
Ponder that with me as we begin this prayerful time of fasting and penance.
Go in peace and go with God.

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