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Ash Wednesday | JOY for Today

(Updated 3.9.2023) Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent: a period of reflection and self-denial in preparation for Easter. While this day is not meant to be JOYful, we know of the JOY that's coming and it soothes our soul. Living in JOY is a way of life, we can be JOYful in periods of mourning and periods of solemn reflection because we know the source of our JOY. Furthermore, periods of self-reflection and self-denial are restorative and redemptive practices that make room for more JOY.  Dirt Texture picture by Daniel Smith at Public Domain Pictures Ash Wednesday Offerings Did You Know  Four we didn't. Wolfe Stew Connects  To fasting. Bible Verses  Inspired by Ash Wednesday. Activity Suggestions  About fasting, lent, and humility. Did You Know: Ash Wednesday takes place 40 days before Easter not counting Sundays? It marks the beginning of Lent, a 40-day period of fasting in preparation of Easter that mirrors the 40 days Jesus fasted ( Matthew 4:1-11 ) before undergoing

Lent Challenge

Lent is coming up; it’s right around the corner (February 26th).    Have you decided what you’re giving up for Lent?   Should you even give something up for Lent?   Normally, I don’t.   The first time I even honored Lent was a few years ago as a challenge issued by my pastor.   His explanation of Lent was that we sacrifice something to reflect on Jesus’ sacrifice for us.   It wasn’t easy for me to choose what to give up that Lent, but this Lent the choice presented itself to me.   Quite honestly, I had no intention of participating until it was thrust into my lap.   And, as a fellow stone in the wall , I intend to do the same to you.   Today, I want to challenge you to give up something for Lent that will bring good to others.   God wants us to be good to others.   Do to others as you would have them do to you.   Luke 6:31 Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.   Matthew 5:45 Be devoted to one another in love.   Honor one another above yourselves.   Roman