Ash Wednesday.

Today marks day three of this icy wonderland that has taken over Nashville, or as I have dubbed it, "The Nash Pole."  It is also the first day of Lent, and this morning as I drank my coffee and began the new She Reads Truth study, I spent some time reflecting on just how sinful I really am.  I am full of selfishness, envy, and desires of the flesh.  Yet in that, I more fully recognize the mark of His grace.  Through Christ, I see the Father's redemption plan at work in my life and in the world, which leads to so much thankfulness for His choosing me, pursuing me, and loving me enough to gloriously wreck me.  I am from the dust, a pile of dry bones, and to that place I will return, but right now I've got His Spirit in me, pulsing life through my veins and placing breath in my lungs.  Over this season of Lent, I am praying that He will attention to my dustiness and sin, that I will repent and turn to Him more willingly and consciously, and that He will continue to remind me of the gracious gift of righteousness that He has given through His Son.

In the past I have given things up for Lent, but this time around I think I am going to continue to intentionally focus the firstfruit of my day in prayer time with the Lord.  I'm curious: are any of you doing something special for this season leading up to Easter?

A Lent Prayer

Almighty and everlasting God, You hate nothing You have made and forgive the sins of all who are repentant: Create and make in us new and contrite hearts, that we, worthily lamenting our sins and acknowledging our wickedness, may obtain of You, the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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