Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Ash Wednesday

“Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.” Psalm 51:1

Today in our churches we observe Ash Wednesday. This day marks the beginning of the season of Lent, which is a time of penitence, as we focus on the journey to the cross that our Savior walked for each of us.

As we leave our worship services today, many of us will do so with a cross made out of black ashes on our foreheads. The pastor will remind us, as these ashes are imposed on our foreheads, that “for dust you are and to dust you will return.” Genesis 3:19. God has created us from the dust of the ground, provides our food and nourishment from the dust of the ground, and one day our bodies will die and once again become dust of the ground.

We are sinful, mortal human beings. God is our Redeemer, who through temptation, suffering, pain, heartache, death, and then His victorious resurrection, won an eternity for all believers in heaven that reaches beyond our earthly bodies that will one day return to dust.

As we enter this season of Lent, it can be difficult as a parent to know just how to share with our children the trials that Jesus suffered on our behalf. It is through prayer, patience, and God’s Word that we can be open with our children, helping them to understand our Lord’s passion. Through that understanding, we pray for them, and for us, that faith is increased. Our hearts are heavy with the burden of our sin and yet Christ takes that burden for us.

We also have the privilege of sharing with our children the joy that is to come on Easter morning which, praise be to God, we still celebrate every Sunday morning in our worship services, even as we spend this time of reflection and repentance during Lent.

May God bless each of you and your children this Lenten season as you focus on our repentance, our need for a Savior, and the joy of knowing that our Savior Jesus has washed away our iniquity and cleansed us from our sin.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, we come to you today with hearts of repentance asking your forgiveness for our sinful lives. Lord we thank you that you sent your only Son Jesus to be an atoning sacrifice for our sins and that through faith in Him and what He has done for us, we are made whole and have been redeemed. We praise and thank you today for that amazing gift. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

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