February 17, 2010

Ash Wednesday 2010

Today is Ash Wednesday. In the Christian calendar this is the day Lent starts. The season of Lent is the 40 days before Easter. It is a time of self-examination and repentence for things 'done and left undone'. Repentence is too often used to beat yourself up about things you did wrong. The word repent however means to turn again. Repentence is really a Turning Again from self to God!

If you go to church today, you will be signed with ashes on your forehead and be reminded "remember you are but dust and to dust you shall return." In Genesis mankind is created from the dust of the new creation and so we are reminded that we are the created ones not the CREATOR.

Lent is a good time to look at the baggage we take on our journey and work on simplifying our lives. Simplifying doesn’t necessarily mean ‘giving up’ something. Sometimes it means becoming more true to your own calling and gifts. In this blog, we will take brief looks at several of the women in the Bible and see how their lives benefited from simplifying and evaluating their lives.

I invite you to stop by each week during Lent and see what women like Rahab, Leah, Mary and Martha have to say to us in our 21st century world.

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