Today is Ash Wednesday. So what? The defining ritual of Ash Wednesday is the imposition of ashes in the shape of a cross on the forehead of a believer, with the accompanied words of Genesis 3:19 "Remember, O mortal, that you are dust and to dust you shall return" or other similar words. This is a symbol of identity with Christ and desire to follow him. Ash Wednesday is the beginning of Lent. Lent is a season of the church year where believers reflect on the passion and death of Christ and determine to identify with Christ and renew their commitment to him. Lent is a time of fasting, prayer and simple living that end with the celebration of Easter. Our Service for Ash Wednesday is at 7:00pm tonight.
The following are some questions to ponder during Lent:
What progress am I making in sharing gladly with the poor?
How is God's grace evident in my attitudes toward those who irritate me?
How is my corporate worship contributing to community?
Am I equally charitable to family members?
Can I re-budget so as to have more to give away?
Do I speak in defense of those who are unjustly maligned?
How can I better support legislation that helps the disadvantaged?
Am I listening more rather than talking more in personal devotion-thanking more than complaining or requesting?
How am I confronting prejudice in my life?
How can I practically respond to the hurting people around me, in addition to prayer?
Am I consistent in attendance in corporate worship setting an example of service and God's worth in my life?
My husband, Allan, and I moved to Estherville in June of 2015. We are excited to be here, and to be in ministry with Estherville UMC!