Lent… 40 Days to Love

“If today you hear God’s voice,
harden not your hearts.”

Psalm 95:8

It is Ash Wednesday and the first day of Lent 2016. I have given much thought to my observance of this precious season. I habitually set aside these forty days to rekindle my personal relationship with Jesus of Nazareth. After all, his words and works revealed the essence of our most loving God to me. I find it to be a happy coincidence that St. Valentine’s Day is just a few days away. What better time is there than Lent to think about Love -God’s love for us and our love for one another?

Today, Christians everywhere flock to churches to receive ashes. Though a smudge on our foreheads normally requires immediate face-washing, things are different on Ash Wednesday. Today, we will leave that smudge in place as a reminder of Jesus’ walk among us more than two millenniums ago. Jesus did everything possible to assure us of God’s love. Jesus spoke of this love and he demonstrated it in all that he did. As I contemplate the ashes that rest upon my forehead, I realize that it is time for me to do the same.

Loving God, help me to use every opportunity to bring your love into this world during this Lent and always.

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