As millions of Christians enter the Lenten Season and observe one of the oldest traditions in the Church calendar, the season reminds Christians to: “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you will return.” — Genesis 3:19
The Lenten Season is the 40 days prior to Easter, not including Sundays. It ends April 17.
In many faith traditions, ashes are viewed as a symbol of penance, and Ash Wednesday ashes help us be more humble and sacrificial in spirit. Ashes are applied in the shape of a cross on our foreheads to symbolize humility and to remind us of death.
Lent helps us focus on Easter. Death comes, but Jesus rises from the grave.
God can control the greatest unknown of all, death itself.
Scripture reminds us that in that vast power and greatness, with the light of the sun and the energy of the atom, God loves the world, and all that is in it.Some are so bankrupt of love in their lives they try to ration God’s love. They assign sin to others and claim to know God’s judgement.
People get distracted by the gender or sexual orientation of a pastor, and so caught up in monitoring the lives of others, they take for granted the fact that God loves us.
The simple message of the Bible. We are loved.
We are loved.
Yes, we will return to dust and all the world will pass away, but we are loved.
God loves us.
Nothing can separate us from God’s love. Except ourselves.