Wed, Mar 9, 2011
Lent. Its name comes from the ancient practice of placing ashes on worshippers’ heads or foreheads as a sign of humility before God, a symbol of mourning and sorrow at the death that sin brings into the world. It not only prefigures the mourning at the death of Jesus, but also places the worshipper in a position to realize the consequences of sin.
The practice of entering into the Lenten season has often been reduced to the question: “What are you giving up for Lent?” This is a fine question, but it can only take us so far. The real question of the Lenten season is: How will I find ways to return to God with all my heart? This begs an even deeper question: Where in my life have I gotten away from God and what are the disciplines that will enable me to find my way back?
Ruth Haley Barton unpacks this invitation in the following article, click here to read the article in eReflections.
God’s grace be with you as we respond to His gracious lenten invitation.
Let us find our deepest longings in you.
Set free these longings in our hearts O Christ,
Set free the true longings of our heart.
Wrtten by Major David Ivany (Spiritual Director/Pastoral Care Services)
Majors Beverley and David Ivany are also the parents of Cadet Joshua Ivany of the Friends of Christ session at CFOT