Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of our Lenten Journey. It is an opportunity for both repentance and renewal in the life of every Christian. The ashes are physical sign of death (ashes to ashes, dust to dust) as well as a reminder that our life on this earth is short and that our lasting home is in eternity with God. We are reminded that we are to turn away from sin and to follow the Good News of salvation found in Jesus.
Although the images below are light-hearted in nature, they in no way are meant to demean the very profound meaning that is found in the imposition of the ashes. All are encouraged to attend Ash Wednesday services and to partake in this tradition.
By receiving ashes and keeping them on the remainder of that day, we make a public proclamation of our intent to die to our worldly desires this Lent and live even more in Christ's image. Wear your ashes proudly. They can be both a deeply personal act of remembrance and as a sign of witness to your faith to the world. Not in a boastful way that says "Look at me and see how holy I am." But in a way that says to others that you have been reminded of where you come from and where you are going.
Yet even now, says the LORD, return to me with your whole heart, with fasting, and weeping, and mourning; Rend your hearts, not your garments, and return to the LORD, your God. -Joel 2:12
And back by popular demand - last year's Ash Wednesday Cover
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