From Dust To Dust

Today is Ash Wednesday - the beginning of Lent.  

It's funny, since I left the Catholic Church, I haven't felt much of a need to really observe and participate in this season in the traditional Catholic way (going to church to have ashes rubbed on my forehead, "giving something up", dying for Easter to roll around so I could have that "something" again).  I don't know why I've abandoned it...especially considering the fact that some of my most profound spiritual experiences have happened while fasting and praying during Lent.  

But this morning, the first thought that ran through my head as I drifted into consciousness while still snuggled under my down comforter was "It's Ash Wednesday today."

I'm feeling compelled this year.  I'm feeling called.  I'm feeling like He wants to show me something this season.  Or maybe He just sees the distracted and preoccupied state of my heart and knows (as He always knows) that I need a time to focus on Him, who He is, and what He did for me.

I'm a sinner, you know.  He died for ME.  Because He loves me.  Can I take the next 40 days to dwell on those facts and focus on my Lord?  I think so.  Not sure how yet, but I'm working on it.

Peace, my sweet friends.  I hope that this season of preparing for Easter will be filled with blessings for you, and will be a time to draw nearer to the One who loves you like no other.

Craig and Bethany  – (2/25/2009 11:15:00 AM)  

Some friends of ours have been researching fasting, not just food, but any sort of fast as an offering to to God. When I asked about it they said, for them it's like taking the "ready" stance. Like a wrestler entering the mat alert and on their toes. I was intrigued.

Beth in NC  – (2/25/2009 03:37:00 PM)  

Jesus said "when" we fast, not "if" ... so blessings to you my friend. I will be preparing my heart for the Easter season as well.

Many blessings!

Kathy  – (2/26/2009 01:11:00 PM)  

How about a media fast? Next to food, that seems like the next thing in my life getting between God & me. Could I stand to miss THE LAST FEW EPISODES IF ER EVER??? Of course I could, and it would probably do me some good...

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