What is Ash Wednesday? It is the day Christians mark as the beginning of the Lenten Season. Lent is a time for reflection as it leads to Holy Week and Easter Sunday. Our Pastor will have ashes-made from burned palm fronds that we used last year on Palm Sunday. The Pastor takes the ashes and makes the sign of the cross on the forehead of the people in the congregation. The text from Genesis 3:19 reminds us: “From dust you are and to dust you shall return.”
What do we do to observe Lent? Some people still fast. Fasting is simply drinking water and eating only after sundown during the season of Lent. Many people will observe Lent by making other sacrifices, such as not eating meat or sweets, or making a vow to abstain or stop a bad habit they have formed. Lent is a season that we, as Christians, observe as a time to reflect on Jesus and the sacrifices he made for us.
Can you reflect on a time that you made a sacrifice for someone you loved?