Lenten Devotion: Ash Wednesday

Psalm 95Psalm 32Psalm 143Psalm 102Psalm 130Amos 5:6-15Hebrews 12:1-14Luke 18:9-14

Seek good and not evil; that you may live; and so the Lord, the God of hosts, will be with you.
Amos 5:14

Ash Wednesday begins a six week period of the church year reminiscent of the 40 days that Jesus spent in the wilderness, a time to examine our lives and ask forgiveness for wrongdoings (unkindness, unfaithfulness, lack of care for creation) and to renew our commitment to living the way God has taught us.

The Outline of Faith, or Catechism, in the Book of Common Prayer (p. 847-851), asks “What response did God require from the chosen people? The answer tells us that “God required the chosen people to be faithful, to love justice, to do mercy, and to walk humbly with their God.” Jesus gave us a New Commandment, “that we love one another as Christ loved us.”

God will forgive the things we have “done and left undone” if we acknowledge our frailty and sinfulness and will give us a chance to live lives of caring, compassion, wholeness and devotion to God.

May Lent be a true time of examination and renewal as we spend the next weeks preparing for the wonder and blessedness of Easter.

Out of the depths have I called to you, O Lord;
Lord , hear my voice,
let your ears consider well the voice of my supplications.
Psalm 130 :1