Today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. As a young Christians in the Pentecostal tradition I was taught that Ash Wednesday was only for the Roman Catholics. I have come to understand that this isn’t true, and Ash Wednesday has become an annual practice that I quite appreciate. Ideally, I would be able to be a more disciplined person on my own, but since I am not, as with most humans, I am thankful that the Church has established a tradition that guarantees the yearly opportunity to stop for reflection upon my mortality, my priorities, and my need to develop discipline.
I hope you have a blessed Lent season as we move toward Easter Sunday and a worshipful Ash Wednesday service tonight for those who are participating.