Ash Wednesday begins the 40 day period leading up to Easter; this period is called “Lent.” Lent comes from a latin word that simply means lengthen–as in, the days are lengthening. But it also refers to the journey Jesus took to Jerusalem as he faced his final days. Often, during this season, some will fast from certain food or beverage items; others will fast from television or other luxuries. Refraining from these things can be… a kind of “detox” that not only benefits our health, but can give us spiritual awareness that enables us to deeply experience the journey of Jesus.
On Ash Wednesday, we remember that we are made from the dust of the earth and it is to that end that all of us will return. This is sobering but not void of hope because it is in our frailty that we find the redemptive presence of God.
Will you join us on this journey? Like us on Facebook and let us know how you are embracing mystery, meaning and grace this lenten season…or let us help you with that. Here is an excellent online Lenten devotional Journey to the Cross