Ash Wednesday to Easter
For God didn’t send his Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world should be saved through him. John 3:17
Happy Lent! Yes, I do mean Happy Lent. Lent is one of the most misunderstood of the holidays. Yes, it is a holiday! The season of Lent is spiritual season, so it is outside of time and space, hence the reason you see a lot of purple, the color of the spiritual. It, like Advent, is a time of contemplation. God does not want you morning and suffering like is commonly believed. He is our Father. Would you want your child in pain and upset? Of course not! And how much more God loves us than we can ever love each other, for He is Love itself.
So what is Lent? It is forty days prior to Easter that are set aside for spiritual contemplation. Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent. In many churches ashes, from the palms of Palm Sunday the year before, are put on the foreheads of the people in the sign of the Cross. The reason for this is to remind us that “ashes to ashes and dust to dust.” The funeral of Carnival has concluded.
Remember also your Creator in the days of your youth, before the evil days come, and the years draw near, when you will say, “I have no pleasure in them”; Before the sun, the light, the moon, and the stars are darkened, and the clouds return after the rain; in the day when the keepers of the house shall tremble, and the strong men shall bow themselves, and the grinders cease because they are few, and those who look out of the windows are darkened, and the doors shall be shut in the street; when the sound of the grinding is low, and one shall rise up at the voice of a bird, and all the daughters of music shall be brought low; yes, they shall be afraid of heights, and terrors will be in the way; and the almond tree shall blossom, and the grasshopper shall be a burden, and desire shall fail; because man goes to his everlasting home, and the mourners go about the streets: before the silver cord is severed, or the golden bowl is broken, or the pitcher is broken at the spring, or the wheel broken at the cistern, and the dust returns to the earth as it was, and the spirit returns to God who gave it. “Vanity of vanities,” says the Preacher. “All is vanity!”
All that you found wrong with your life during Carnevale (see Carnevale Introduction post) – put into action now! It is a proven psychological fact that forty days of consistent change will break a habit. Now, you have forty day of Lent. Convenient isn’t it? If you stop doing something, or start doing something, for forty days then it becomes a new habit.
But know this, that if the master of the house had known in what watch of the night the thief was coming, he would have watched, and would not have allowed his house to be broken into. Therefore also be ready, for in an hour that you don’t expect, the Son of Man will come. Matthew 24:43-44
While Carnevale taught us how stupid our lives can get, Lent teaches us that you only have a finite amount of time here on this earth. Use it wisely.
Lord, please help me so that everything I do from now on comes from You and is inspired by Your Love. Help me to grow closer to You, O Lord, so that I do not have an empty hole in myself that I fill with silly worldly things. Help me to be filled with Your spirit so that I do not want. Amen.
Peace be with you,