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Ash Wednesday & Fasting

March 9, 2011

“So I gave my attention to the Lord God to seek Him by prayer and supplications, with fasting, sackcloth and ashes.” Daniel 9:3 NASB

Ash Wednesday can occur as early as February 4th & as late as March 10th.
Ashes in ancient times were placed on the head as an act of mourning, a penitent’s act of sorrow & repentance for sins, a symbol of our mortality – ashes to ashes, dust to dust. We image-bearers of God, made from the elements of this earth, come to God in ashes, because we know only He gives life.

Today, Ash Wednesday, is the first day of Lent (the Anglo-Saxon word for Spring); 40 days to Easter, not counting Sundays, so 46 days until Easter, the holiest of Christian holidays.
In the Lenten season there is an allusion to the 40 days of Christ’s fasting in the desert & Moses 40 days of fasting/repentance in relation to the golden calf incident in the Exodus.

I come from a Protestant background being a communicant at Covenant Presbyterian Church & I feel there is merit in Lenten observances. Our denomination believes there is not a Biblical imperative to observe fasting, aware of our freedom in Christ, but we are encouraged to spend time during this season in prayerful reflection on the sacrifice, the suffering, the Passion of Christ Jesus on our behalf, our new life from His death.

The choir will not be in the loft at the Ash Wednesday service this evening. Our music for the next 6 weeks will be beautiful, but there will be no “Hallelujahs.” Those will be reserved for Easter morning when we celebrate the fact that He is risen indeed!

There is no recipe today – Fasting.

If you fast, may you have an easy fast. 


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