“Shout it aloud, do not hold back.
Raise your voice like a trumpet.
Declare to my people their rebellion
and to the descendants of Jacob their sins…” Isaiah 58:1
Most people hate it when preachers talk about sin. But has been a reality from the beginning (see Genesis 3). Sin creates lots of problems in this world.
This Wednesday is known throughout the Christian world as Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the season of Lent.
Some Christian traditions include the imposition of ashes, where the
celebrant makes the sign of the cross on the people’s foreheads with ashes. This tradition is taken from the Old Testament, where the placing of ash on the head meant you were in a period of repentance.
It also hearkens to Jesus’ 40 days in the wilderness being tempted by the devil.
Whether you observe the ashes or not, the 40-day period of Lent can be a great opportunity to stop, to contemplate your relationship with God and allow the Holy Spirit to guide you.
Over the Lenten season take time for more prayer. Take time to give up a bad habit or form good ones. Fast from those things that take you away from God. Create an environment where you can hear God’s voice.