Ash Wednesday


"Plow up the hard ground of your hearts! Do not waste your good seed among thorns. O people of Judah and Jerusalem, surrender your pride and power. Change your hearts before the Lord, or my anger will burn like an unquenchable fire because of all your sins." - Jeremiah 4:3b-4

Today is Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of Lent. In many traditions, the faithful will gather in sanctuaries where pastors or priests will spread ashes on foreheads in the shape of a cross as a reminder that we are from dust and will one day return to dust. This is called the "imposition of ashes." Ash Wednesday stands in stark contrast when we have the inescapable darkness of the cross imposed upon us.

Lent provides us with the opportunity to focus inward and to give honest consideration to those things that nurture us and those things that weigh us down. There is no faking it, and no way around it. It’s a journey, and sometimes it is dark and difficult.

The journey is difficult because of the change we must undergo. And what change is that? A complete change of heart.

Change My Heart O God
- by Eddie Espinoza
Change my heart O God, make it ever true.
Change my heart O God, may I be like You.

You are the potter, I am the clay,
Mold me and make me, this is what I pray.

God, you know me better than I know myself. Give me the courage to let some things go, and the wisdom to hold fast to what is true. For it is only by your grace that my whole life can be a reflection of your love. Amen.
Feb 14 2018