17 February 2010 in Uncategorized

Lent officially began today. There is not a particular time that lent starts, but today is Ash Wednesday. I have always found lent to be deeply meaningful, so much so that I anticipate it each year. Today I found myself very unsettled. I was not sure of the source of the unsettlement, but I sure was frustrated with it. It almost felt as if I was not ready for lent to start, which was a very odd feeling for me. As it got closer to the service, my heart settled. I settled on some ideas or goals for lent to be a part of my lenten rhythm. As the service began, it was clear. For me, lent cannot start until it is time for the ashes. The physical symbol of the beginning of lent was what I needed. The use of ashes at face value could seem like a strange tradition, however it is very deep. The ashes cause us to reflect; to reflect on who we really are, where we come from and what we would be without Jesus Christ. The ashes prepare us for this journey and they represent an invitation to contemplation. All I needed were the ashes.

17 February 2010 Uncategorized

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