I miss Ash Wednesday!

March 9, 2011

Today is Ash Wednesday, the day that (for Christians) marks the beginning of our 40 day (excluding Sundays) journeytoward Easter.

I have come to love Lent because it gives the gift of focus and, indeed, of anticipation. After all, the events of Easter unfolded because of God’s deep love for his creation that is wracked by sin.

I have come to love Lent because it gives the gift of focus and, indeed, of anticipation. After all, the events of Easter unfolded because of God’s deep love for his creation that is wracked by sin.

For the first time in many years, I’m not at home for Ash Wednesday and its proving to be profoundly disorienting! In general, my practice is to avoid traveling on important periods of the church calendar. For it is especially at those times that we are meant to be with family, the household of God. But, this year I am attending a conference in Colorado Springs. I don’t have a car and I my day is pretty packed with meetings, seminars, and some time with God in solitude. And it’s in that time of solitude that I’ll be forced to try to turn my heart and mind to reflection on my great need for a savior and God’s greater provision in Christ.