Ash Wednesday

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  1. steve voigt says:

    i gave up the lent thing when i found jesus

  2. papiaslogia says:

    “Christ consistently used the expression ‘follower.’ He never asks for admirers, worshippers, or adherents. No, he calls disciples. . . It is not adherents of a teaching but followers of a life Christ is looking for. . . to admire Christ is the false invention of a later age. . . No, there is absolutely nothing to admire in Jesus, unless you want to admire poverty, misery, and contempt.
    What then, is the difference between an admirer and a follower? A follower is or strives to be what he admires. An admirer, however, keeps himself personally detached. He fails to see that what is admired involves a claim upon him. . .
    The admirer never makes any true sacrifices. He always plays it safe.”
    Soren Kierkegaard

  3. Lutheran says:

    I started doing the Lent thing when Jesus found me.

  4. from this corner says:

    “Ashes were used in ancient times to express mourning. Dusting oneself with ashes was the penitent’s way of expressing sorrow for sins and faults. An ancient example of one expressing one’s penitence is found in Job 42:3–6. Job says to God: “I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee. The other eye wandereth of its own accord. Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.” taken from Wikipedia’s article on Ash Wednesday … repentance and acknowledgement of the need to do so is good …
    i’m giving up posting on the Phxp for the Lenten season (which season is also a good thing, but comes nowhere near Christ’s 40 day fast and the trials which followed)

    God keep

  5. Anyone remember when PP was a scorched earth venue? Now we have to borrow ashes from Catholics and such. Then we could just swipe the pavement. I kinda miss it but not.

  6. Who’s fasting? This is the time of year that I have to determine to prove my vices haven’t taken over yet. So far anyway…

  7. London says:

    “Can you believe that? It’s Mardi Gras as I write this-Fat Tuesday-and around the world tonight people party their brains out for reasons they don’t understand. But we understand. Mardi Gras is a symbol that got the least bit out of hand; it’s a symbol of cleaning house, getting rid of everything we run to for comfort when we should/could run to the arms of our Abba.

    And tomorrow the forty days of Lent begin, leading us to Easter. Lent is a symbol too. It’s a symbol of admitting our failure and weakness and renewing our attempt at trusting God through thick and thin, a symbol that is easily mistaken for being sent to our rooms to think about it. But it’s so much more than that. The ashes with which millions of Christians will mark their foreheads in a tiny cross tomorrow, at least for a few minutes, are the ashes of our sin against God and each other. These forty days and nights are about being forgiven, and what that cost Jesus, and what it costs us to unclench our fists and accept it from him over the protests of The Poser, who can’t see why in the world it has to come to this.

    But it does come to this, and The Poser knows it. And we know it too because God knows we’ll never be able to forgive if we don’t experience our own forgiveness.”
    – Brennan Manning

  8. catherine says:

    Thanks for posting that London, I really love what Manning was expressing and am beginning to look at Lent as something very beautiful in what it represents. I have never known exactly what Lent was before I started reading here.

  9. Lutheran says:

    Great quote from Manning, London! Thanks for sharing it.

  10. sarahkwolfe says:

    I agree…I really like that.

    I used to make fun, or at least light, of Lent. I thought it was silly. We would joke about what we were giving up, and more often than not it was some trivial thing. Or chocolate, which of course is not trivial.

    Now, I think it is partly being exposed to many friends from many different traditions, I find myself very drawn to the Lenten rhythms. I am giving up something completely trivial (games on FB), mainly because Lent snuck up on me and I hadn’t spent a lot of time praying or thinking about what I should give up.

    It is not completely trivial though…because it is getting rid of something that distracts and trivializes my time.

    Lent is a time where a bit of sobriety is welcomed and embraced, and it is good to ignore the trivial for a short season.

    No longer making light….thankful for a season that reminds me to pay attention, because I sure seem distracted most of the time.

  11. covered says:

    I remember last year teaching our Bible study group the purpose of Lent and one of the 8th boys that attends the study said that he felt like The Lord was telling him “to give up 40 days of school…” 🙂

  12. London says:

    F you have the Youversion bible app on your phone or device, you can find some Lenten bible study devotionals to go through.
    There’s one by NT Wright on Matthew that I’ve chosen to do.which may be of interest to people here.

  13. Last night’s Ash Wednesday service was something for me. As some here know, my pastor is a polio victim who has spent his life on crutches. He is now facing some physical problems, due to so many years with the crutches, that he could not come down the stairs from the chancel to do the imposition of the ashes – so he asked me to do it.

    I tell you, it is something to look people in the eyes and say, as I am making the sign of the cross with the ashes on their foreheads “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you will return.”

    I did this for about 90 people some as young as 5 yrs old. The powerful part was going into the pews for the older folks who can’t walk to the front of the church. This included 2 retired pastors and their wives all in their 90s who probably performed that same act to 1,000s of people.

    It really brought the evening to life for me.

  14. For Lent this year, I gave up nothing of a temporal nature (coffee, soda or sweets etc)

    I alternate years, even number years I give up something – odd number I give up nothing. This way it does not become a bondage thing but a choice.

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