Good Morning March5

Tuesday’s pancakes are all gone. With Ash Wednesday we enter the period of Lent, leading up to the salvation event of Good Friday and looking forward to the glorious celebration of the resurrection of our Lord on Easter Sunday. I’ve personally not been in the habit of giving up something for Lent, but it is a time of meditating more fully on the sacrifice our Lord made to gain our salvation. Our service this evening will be the full order of public confession, and each person will come forward for individual absolution. We also use the imposition of ashes on the forehead as a penitential symbol of humility before our Lord. I am given the privilege of speaking the words of Christ’s forgiveness to each person, and then we share in the Holy Eucharist with its glorious words, “given and shed for you for the forgiveness of your sins”. This is like being washed totally clean after a grimy work day. It is the prodigal coming home and being fully restored to the family. Yes, it is the beginning of a penitential season, but can anything be more glorious than the truth of our freedom in Christ Jesus? Rejoice, this day is for you.