Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Ash Wednesday:

And with that, the Lenten Season is upon us...

Almighty God, you have created us out of dust of the earth; Grant that these ashes may be to us a sign of our mortality and penitence, that we may remember that it is only by your gracious gift that we are given everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen


I know not everyone celebrates Lent, but it is something I look forward to and love celebrating. I grew up in the Episcopal Church and have celebrated Lent since I can remember. We were able to attend the Noon service at our church this afternoon, where we received our ashes as a family (Charli's first), and to kick off the Lenten season. 
Lent is truly a time to reflect and renew, to think of what really is important, a time for self sacrifice, and a time to not only better myself as a person individually, but to better my family as a whole. 

Some words from a prayer that really stuck to me were posted by a dear friend last year, and
I would like to share which ones hit home the most and ones I will strive to do this Lenten Season, and continue to do...

Fast from anger; Feast on patience
Fast from worry; Feast on divine order
Fast from complaining; Feast on appreciation
Fast from negatives; Feast on affirmatives
Fast from unrelenting pressures; Feast on unceasing prayer
Fast on hostility; Feast on forgiveness 
Fast from self-concern; Feast on compassion for others
Fast from thoughts that weaken; Feast on promises that inspire

(You can see the full prayer here. Thank you Kate for sharing such powerful words!)


I hope everyone has a very blessed Lent and truly remembers what this season is all about!

Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.

1 comment:

  1. I love this Lenten prayer. I'm Catholic, and so we always celebrate Ash Wednesday and the season of lent in our family. I can't wait to share your post. I love the fact that this prayer doesn't just focus on what we need to get out of our lives; it also focuses on what we need more of too. I couldn't agree more!