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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Ash Wednesday Reflection

Growing up as a good Catholic school girl I observed Ash Wednesday, 40 days before Easter and the beginning of Lent. I always gave up chocolate or candy as a little girl. I was so determined to make it the 40 days without sweets unitl one day I was crying in school and a nun offered me a treat. I looked up and shook my head, "No!" I told her that I gave up chocolate for Lent. But she persuaded me it was okay. I gave in. That was it. I was hooked on chocolate for the rest of my life. Now I can't give it up for more than a day. Some people still give up chocolate (or other treats) for Lent, but my resolve has weakened over the many years from that incident.
Still Lent and Ash Wednesday are still important to me--a reminder of our frailty that "ashes from ashes and dust to dust". That meant something very different to me as a little girl--to give up, but now I think of it differently. I think of what Jesus endured for us so we can be free and it makes me want to do something for Him. So I will try to make the most of my life: do the most good I can in the time God has allowed me to be on earth. For Lent I'm not going to give up anything, well maybe I'll start a new diet, but not for Lent. No, I'm going to add reflecting more on Jesus and the life He has given us to be poured out for others. I want to wash others feet (but no, I'm not giving our free pedicures!) Instead, I'm going to give away one free book of When God Speaks to the 3rd person who leaves a comment on this blog for this week. You can read part of an entry here on my last post: Resurrection Life (below).