Dear Friends,

Wednesday, February 6th, is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the Season of Lent for Christians.  I’m praying you will take time to consider the significance of this season and its meaning to the Christian faith.  Hopefully you will feel it in your heart to observe the Season of Lent in a way that deepens your faith and brings you closer to the Lord.

Ash Wednesday occurs 40 days before Good Friday.  Its Latin name, dies cinerum, means ‘day of ashes’.  The Bible describes many occasions when people marked their faces with ashes as a symbol of grief, repentence, and/or mourning.  It is customary in Ash Wednesday services today to mark foreheads with a cross of  ashes to symbolize belief in Jesus Christ. 

Although the observance of Ash Wednesday is not taught in the Bible, it has become a  common modern day tradition to officially begin the Season of Lent.  The Season of Lent is intended to be a time for Christians to prepare for Easter by devoting 40 days to draw closer to the Lord.  In the Bible, the number ’40’ is often used in association with transformation.  With that in mind, please see my previous post, Season of Lent (Click on Feb 2007 archives.  When it comes up, scroll alllllll the way down to ‘Season of Lent’, printed in purple. ), for more information about observing the Season of Lent. 

Again, I’m praying you will take time to consider the significance of this season and its meaning to the Christian faith.  Hopefully you will feel it in your heart to observe the Season of Lent in a way that deepens your faith and brings you closer to the Lord as we approach Easter and remember the sacrifice Jesus made for each of us on the cross.

Blessings to all,

Renee          Remember, go to Feb ’07 archives to read ‘Season of Lent’.  🙂

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