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Monday, March 11 2019
Once again, this past Wednesday...I saw 'those' people, with the black ash on their foreheads in the shape of a cross. For years, it seemed like mostly Catholics and some Protestants - but now, more and more people it seem to be observers of the day. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Holy Season, the season of Lent; the 40 days of Lent.
As Baptist, there is no mention of Lent from our pulpit. There were no ashes to mark forheads. There was no special prayer. And yet, it amazes me to hear people vowing to one another, to give something up for this period of time. So it made me wonder...
What would you give up for Lent?
Some folks keep it simple - I'll give up coffee, or chocolates, or potato chips....though, few make it. Some folks get a little deeper with it - I'll give up swearing, smoking, alcohol and various other minor addictions. Some get biblical and vow to fast of cut certain things out of their diets and their lives. And even amongst the true believers and the true believers of their own word...few succeed. Then, I saw something on Facebook that struck me as a most satisfyingly doable proposal. Instead of fasting from the ordinary...
Supposedly, these are the words of the Pope (not sure which one!) and whether or not that is a true fact, the sentiment remains the same. We would be more Christ-like if we could embrace positivity in our lives. That is what God would want most of us.
Confucius says: “When you have faults, do not be afraid to abandon them.”
What would you give up for Lent? Give up your faults, give them up and let the spirit of the Holy Ghost take over.
Minister Cheryl Moore
34 [a]Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them,
for they do not know what they do.”
43 And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you,
today you will be with Me in Paradise.”
26 When Jesus therefore saw His mother,
and the disciple whom He loved standing by,
He said to His mother, “Woman, behold your son!”
34 And at the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice,
saying, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?” which is translated,
“My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”
28 After this, Jesus, [a]knowing that all things
were now accomplished,
that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, “I thirst!”
30 So when Jesus had received the sour wine,
He said, “It is finished!”And bowing His head,
He gave up His spirit.
46 And when Jesus had cried out with a loud voice, He said,
“Father, ‘into Your hands I commit My spirit.’ ”
Having said this, He breathed His last.