Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Ash Wednesday

For most Western Christians we know today is Ash Wednesday and not that we ran out of soap.

The ashes we receive are meant to be a symbolic expression of our dependence and trust in God as well as the start of Lent where we should examine our lives and renew our faith.

I personally always take Lent seriously. Thanks to the many distractions present on earth everyday, Lent gives me that reminder to “turn our minds and hearts back” to God. Something that even non-Western Christians can appreciate during such troubling times.

"I turned to the Lord God, pleading in earnest prayer, with fasting, sackcloth and ashes" (Daniel 9:3).

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