I am so thankful that my church offers the sign of the cross with ashes on Ash Wednesday. I am also thankful that my daughter, Juliette, suggested that we attend this morning’s service. I am thankful my husband motivated all of us to get up and go. I am grateful to see the Super Bridgy with little ashes on her tender forehead, and I am grateful for Sully who, although he did not want ashes on his forehead (precious little thing that he is!), says every time someone in the family gets upset, “Pray the Lord.”
Here are some words from the Ash Wednesday handout, which we received this morning.
For centuries Christians have used ashes on their heads as a sign of remorse, repentance and mourning. This practice is still observed world-wide on Ash Wednesday when we begin a period of reflection, self-examination and spiritual redirection.
The Season of Lent
Lent is a season that begins on Ash Wednesday and culminates at Holy Week. During the season, Christians personally and corporately remember and respond to the atoning work of Jesus Christ.
On Ash Wednesday we receive the sign of the cross with ashes on our foreheads. This symbol reminds us that the solution to human mortality and sinfulness is the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
During the season of Lent, many Christians choose some type of personal fast. Traditionally, a Christian believer gives up something important to them. A persona may also choose to add a new or deeper daily spiritual practice.
Questions for Spiritual Reflection
Is my relationship with God truly the main focus of my life?
Am I willfully disobeying any known law of God?
Do I desire and depend too much on status or possessions?
Are my thoughts and actions sexually pure?
Am I lazy or neglectful in any areas of responsibility?
Would others consider me a Lion-Lamb type Christian?
Am I doing anything to lead other people to Jesus?
Source: Bethany First Church of the Nazarene