Ash Wednesday

Then Job replied to the Lord:

“I know that you can do all things;
    no purpose of yours can be thwarted.
You asked, ‘Who is this that obscures my plans without knowledge?’
    Surely I spoke of things I did not understand,
    things too wonderful for me to know.

“You said, ‘Listen now, and I will speak;
    I will question you,
    and you shall answer me.’
My ears had heard of you
    but now my eyes have seen you.
Therefore I despise myself
    and repent in dust and ashes.”—Job 42: 1-6

Now is a time of confession, repentance.  How have we been corporately unjust?  Individually?  Where have I sought to become more Christ-like and where have I not?  In what ways do I need to trust God more?  How would this look practically in my life?

Lent is a time of repentance, reflection, and transformation (although one can argue that all of the Christian life is a transformation and I would concede).

May we enter this time solemnly and in careful reflection.  Frank and I chose this year to focus on justice—in the church and in society; God’s justice vs. humanity’s.  I pray that this time would be a special meditation on that principle and in doing so, my husband and I would be made more in the image of Christ.  I pray Frank and I would begin to implement justice towards others in alignment with God’s will and less of our own agenda; especially due to the impending birth of Peanut (nickname for gestating child since we don’t know the gender) and wanting to be models of Christian living.


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