February 26, Ash Wednesday, marked the beginning of the season of Lent, a time when many Christians prepare for Easter by observing a period of fasting, repentance, moderation and spiritual discipline. Ash Wednesday emphasizes two themes: our sinfulness before God and our human mortality. The service focuses on both themes, helping us realize that both have triumphed through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. In earlier centuries, people were sprinkled with ashes as a sign of sorrow for their sins and their commitment to seek renewal in Christian life through this season. You can read more about it here.
The season of Lent is 40-days (not counting Sundays) of prayer and preparation in which we, as followers of Jesus, are invited to consider anew the disciplines and practices that we employ in our daily lives to help us in becoming better disciples.
Here is today’s practice:
Another book I am reading during Lent is Annie F. Down’s Looking for Lovely: Collecting the Moments That Matter.