Ash Wednesday: The Beginning of Lent

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, a time of reflection, as we journey with Jesus to the cross before celebrating the empty tomb.

Christians spend these 40 days in many ways: giving up a favorite food, limiting television time or participating in a Bible study.

As you consider how to have a meaningful spiritual experience this Lent, consider engaging in one or more of the following practices:

  • Write each day what you are thankful for. Giving thanks honors God. "O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever." Psalm 107:1 (NRSV)
  • Replace prayer to begin the day with a time of reflection at the end of the day. Or do both! Our lives move us from one thing to the next so quickly that often we don't think about what is happening around us. God is speaking; can we be still and listen?
  • Commit to reading Psalm 51 each day and allow the words to wash over your spirit.

"Have mercy on me, God, according to your faithful love! Wipe away my wrongdoings according to your great compassion! Wash me completely clean of my guilt, purify me from my sin! Because I know my wrongdoings, my sin is always right in front of me." Psalm 51:1-3 (CEB)

As you lean into this Lenten season, we pray that you will strengthen your relationship with Jesus and experience his unmerited forgiveness and love.