Dear God, show us the road
that you have chosen for us,
and give us the courage
to walk down it... Amen

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

True Fasting

Is this the kind of fast I have chosen, only a day for a man to humble himself? Is it only for bowing one's head like a reed and for lying on sackcloth and ashes?
Is that what you call a fast, a day acceptable to the LORD? "Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter— when you see the naked, to clothe him, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood? Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness [a] will go before you, and the glory of the LORD will be your rear guard. Isaiah 58:1-12

Ash Wednesday -
In the Western Christian calendar, Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent and occurs forty-six days (forty days not counting Sundays) before Easter. It falls on a different date each year, because it is dependent on the date of Easter; it can occur as early as February 4 or as late as March 10.

Ash Wednesday gets its name from the practice of placing ashes on the foreheads of the faithful as a sign of repentance. The ashes used are gathered after the Palm Crosses from the previous year's Palm Sunday are burned. In the liturgical practice of some churches, the ashes are mixed with the Oil of the Catechumens[1] (one of the sacred oils used to anoint those about to be baptized), though some churches use ordinary oil. This paste is used by the priest who presides at the service to make the sign of the cross, first upon his own forehead and then on each of those present who kneel before him at the altar rail. As he does so, he recites the words: "Remember (O man) that you are dust, and to dust you shall return."

What will you give up, abandon, this forty days before Easter?

I encourage you to attend the Ash Wednesday service of your choice. If you've never participated, it is truly a cleansing, renewal.

Preparing for Easter-

Dear Lord, Make me more Obedient during this time, help me to let go, cleanse, stay pure.


The Primitive Bucket said...

Sherry, your blog is always so calming!! Thanks for your kinds words on my blog.. my honey and I have lots to be thankful for and I know we will get through this tough spot, with lots of prayer for sure!
Thanks so much,

Suzanne said...

Thank you Sherry for this post. We did attend services at our husband attended both services and ended up having two ash crosses on his forehead on Wednesday,lol.