Ash Wednesday - February 17th
Fasting, repentance & service - written by Doug Smith
I Peter 5:5b-6 “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. Humble yourselves, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.”
It is Ash Wednesday. Lent begins today. It is a season of fasting and reflection, repentance and service. On March 05, 2014 – Ash Wednesday, I attended an early morning chapel service at the Bayshore Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida. My mother-in-law, Linda, was a resident, in critical condition on the hospice floor. At the close of the brief service I stood in line down the center aisle. When it was my turn, standing in front of the pastor I leaned forward, and he thumbed ashes in the shape of a cross onto my forehead. He pronounced "Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return; repent and believe in the Gospel."
During the next forty-six days, that is the constant point of reflection. How does the life and death of Jesus Christ influence the situations of my life?