In thoughts on God on February 16, 2010 at 5:27 pm

“a grand opportunity for repentance and spiritual renewal within the framework of confession and absolution”

“Ash Wednesday, like the season of Lent, is never mentioned in Scripture and is not commanded by God. Christians are free to either observe or not observe it. It also should be obvious that the imposition of ashes, like similar external practices, are meaningless, even hypocritical, unless there is a corresponding inner repentance and change of behavior. This is made clear in Isaiah 58:5-7 when God says,

    Is this the kind of fast I have chosen, only a day for a man to humble himself? Is it only for bowing one’s head like a reed and for lying on sackcloth and ashes ? Is that what you call a fast, a day acceptable to the LORD? 6 “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? 7 Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter– when you see the naked, to clothe him, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?

With this in mind, however, the rite of ashes on Ash Wednesday is heartily recommended to the Christian as a grand opportunity for repentance and spiritual renewal within the framework of confession and absolution. A blessed Ash Wednesday observance to all.”


I am looking forward to 46 days of intentionality in prayer, reading scripture, and fellowship in the Lord’s presence. What a perfect time this has come about.  I want this!  I want to have a season to ask for cleansing and repentance, not to make myself look or feel better or stronger.  I want more of Christ and to make much of Him, and I know there are doubts and tangles in me getting in the way of that.  And I’m excited to do this with a church body I feel connected to!  For those of you practicing and observing Lent this year, know that the Lord will not withhold Himself from you, He will not withhold his love or forgiveness or presence!  Let’s ask him for more.


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