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Ash Wednesday

"And your father, who sees what you do in private will reward you…”  (Mt. 6:1-6, 16-18)

The cross of ashes on your forehead reminds us of the meaning of our Lenten journey.

Ashes on my forehead

Ashes of healing, remind me to offer forgiveness to those who have hurt me and forgive those whom I have hurt.

Ashes of love, remind me of Jesus who loves me instantly intimately and unconditionally that I’m in love with others and Jesus loves me.

Ashes of compassion, remind me to offer myself as a gift to serve others in need.

Ashes of humility, remind me that I must shed traces of arrogance self-centeredness and pride.

Ashes of reconciliation, remind me that our God is the God of a second chance, He welcomes all seeking forgiveness and mercy.

Ashes of hope, remind me that this little journey leads me to the promises of the Easter victory.

Ashes of repentance, remind me that the light of Christ redeemed and brightened the dark world of sin.

Ashes of power, remind me that during these  40 days I can open the Spirit of God within me through daily prayer and reflection and meditation on God‘s word.

Ash Wednesday a cross of ashes,

Good Friday the cross of Calvary,

Easter Sunday, the cross of victory,

Forever, the cross of Jesus!

Burma Hill, Author

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