Ash Wednesday – the beginning of Lent.
Traditionally Christians give something up for Lent. It once was proscribed by the Church – to give up meat all during Lent, and later on Fridays only. We Protestants are much more lenient. Everyone can decide for themselves what their private sacrifice might be.
It's a reminder of Jesus going into the wilderness for 40 days. He was in very tough campout situation,
without adequate provisions – as a preparation for the journey he was about to embark.
Our Lenten observances are small reminders that sometimes self-sacrifices help us focus and prepare for what lies ahead. So, although we have given up so many indulgences for the good of all society this year, it is still a time to find ways to remind us to focus and prepare our hearts for doing good and leaving things better.
And we are reminded of the impermanence of our days: “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”
Attached to the Shield is our outline for the Ash Wednesday take-home packets. There are some live links so you can hear music associated with the season. Join me in Lenten observances that are meaningful to you.
Peace …................. Jeannie