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Showing posts from February, 2012

The Ashes

It is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the season of Lent, and ashes mark my forehead. But, it is so much more. This time of moving towards Calvary's hill, this time of reflection and repentance, this time is crucial.

In year's past, I would pick something to give up during Lent such as coffee or chocolate. But did the fact that I went without a latte really bring me any closer to Jesus? Umm, no. Some of my friends shared that they weren't giving anything up this year, but they were adding instead. As I pondered this, I couldn't help but see how this could truly be meaningful. We add more prayer, more time in the Word, more service, more love, more Jesus. And when we have more of Jesus, we become the less. But, He desires all of us; He wants our hearts.

So, what should our responses be? Scripture says that we are to rend our hearts, not our garments. As a sign of grief, people would rend, or rip and tear their clothes. So, here is where we pretend. We say the rote praye…


The moon tonight was stunning; It was high and bright with a ring like a holy halo. By His word He hung the moon, and the stars that scatter into the expanse and shine like jewels are from Him. Even before that, even before everything else that was good, even when the earth was formless the Spirit of God hovered over the deep, dark surface (Genesis 1:2). Hovering, like a mother bird caring and protecting its young. And He thought of me (and you). And the very same deep calls out to deep.

It was set it motion from the very beginning, this plan for saving. I try to wrap my mind around it, this extravagant grace. And that the Creator of the Universe, the Holy Uncreated One, desires a relationship with me (and you). He loves us with an everlasting love and draws us with unfailing kindness (Jer. 31:3).

Tonight, I am in awe. Honestly, there shouldn't be a time when I am not in awe, but things get in the way. I have let things get in the way. I have, at times, taken the sacred for grant…