“Hey! You’ve got dirt on your face!”
This was a greeting from a stranger who noticed something wasn’t right. We are expected to be ‘clean’ – physically, spiritually and other ways too. Often we are not. We all have a story.
A brokenness, a dirtiness. However, mostly we have a sense that we are called to be Holy as God is Holy. Usually we can wash our faces and bodies, removing physical dirt. We need help to remove the spiritual dirt.
Lent is a time of reflection; reminding us of the 40 days Jesus spent in fasting in the desert as he prepared for a life of ministry.
1 Thessalonians 5:23 “May God himself, the God who makes everything holy and whole, make you holy and whole, put you together - spirit, soul, and body - and keep you fit for the coming of our Master, Jesus Christ.”
Ash Wednesday is the beginning of our journey towards Easter. We look forward towards the Cross of Good Friday. We remember that Jesus died for our sin. He died for us all. We wait expectantly for Resurrection Sunday. We rejoice that Jesus is alive and is the hope of us all to restore a relationship with God.
We are reminded of these words:
“Remember you are dust, and to dust you shall return. Turn away from sin and be faithful to Christ. Repent and believe the Good News: God longs for you to be whole.”
What will sustain you during Lent?
- Ps Edmonds Namburi