This Wednesday marks the beginning of our journey to Easter with a day referred to in the church as Ash Wednesday. This day marks the beginning of the Lent season. In the gospels we hear of the 40 days that Jesus spent in the desert where he was tempted over and over again by Satan. Lent is traditionally a time where we can reflect on those 40 days. It’s a time of fasting. A time to build up to Easter and Holy Week. That’s traditionally why people like to give up and sacrifice something over the span of Lent.
Ash Wednesday in particular -the kick off of the 40 days- is a time of solitude and repentance. A time centered around remembering that “you are dust, and to dust you shall return”. It can be a very humbling day for many people. We are all human and sinners yet sometimes it can be a hard thing to face our sins and lay those down. But what a beautiful imagery we are given in this holiday with the ashes. We know that through Christ we are made new creations and that the old is gone and the new has come. Confessing and repenting is the beginning of the process of being made new. Before we can be transformed more into the people God wants us to be, we must first recognize our frailty and our brokenness. We have to realize our need for a Savior. And in essence that’s what Ash Wednesday is all about. It’s the beginning of the process of being made new.
So this Wednesday we will come together as a church family and take part in this unique service. There will be time for songs, teaching, reflection, and we will also impose ashes – an outward symbol of our frailty. This year we will impose ashes at the beginning of the service, so make sure you make the time to get there up front. Cornerstone Kids will be open for infants through 3rd grade. Children will have the opportunity to take ashes with their parents and will learn about Lent in Rock City. We hope to see you at 6:30 pm tomorrow night!