Its Ash Wednesday, a day that starts the traditional period of fasting called Lent that leads up to one of my favorites days – Easter Sunday. ( its not just Sunday, on which we remember Christ, but its the actual time of the year – around Passover that the event took place – bonus).
Anyway, I am not a big fan of some of these more traditional “Christian” observances, as to me it can complicate the true simplicity of the message. However, this day has to do with repentance, and repentance leads to transformation and change – which I am a BIG fan of.
So, today as you “buffet your spiritual body”, maybe its time to repent, or to be broken by some of your deeds or thoughts, and then use today as a marker day to move forward, a new. All of this things can be forgiven and you can be made new – the power of the sacrifice of Christ.
I love the song Forgiven by Sanctus Real, in it says
I don’t have to carry the weight of who I’ve been, ’cause I’m forgiven.
Maybe today is that day for you. The day to let go of the weight that holds you back, that holds you down, repent and move forward. Its amazing how much better it is.
Remember, O man, that you are dust, and unto dust you shall return.—Genesis 3:19
Turn away from sin and be faithful to the Gospel.—Mark 1:15
Repent, and hear the good news.—Mark 1:15