These ashes placed on the forehead of worshipers during Lent are meant to signify two things. First, the ashes mark our repentance and our recognition that we have turned from God in thought, attitude, and behavior. Second, the ashes mark our mortality and our recognition of the limitations of our strength and will. We are dependent, created beings.
As we begin the season of Lent, we humble ourselves, falling before the Lord in confession of our sin and in recognition of our mortality. It is humbling – this falling down – but strangely enough it is uplifting at the same time. The journey to Easter, a glorious rising again, has begun! The way up is down. Only through repentance do we find redemption and resurrection.
Enjoy the great weather today. Perhaps go outside and take a walk. I am looking forward to seeing you soon!