Lent Journey

Lent Journey | Day 1 | Ash Wednesday 

ASH WEDNESDAY

DAILY THOUGHT : BELOVED DUST

Many of us today will have our foreheads crossed with ashes. It is a stark reminder that we came from dust and one day will return to dust. It is useful for us to remember this, especially when we get over-preoccupied with how we look, what we own and what others think about us. We are not going to be around on this earth forever. Knowing this, as someone once famously said, concentrates our minds wonderfully.
Yet, the fact that we are marked with a cross reminds us of another even greater reality. In the words of Paul, we are God’s beloved and nothing, not even our death, can separate us from God’s love for us in Jesus Christ. We are beloved dust.

DAILY PRACTICE:

Go outside sometime and pick up a handful of soil. As you do this, consider two powerful symbols : dust and the cross. This is who we are. We are fallen, fragile, fallible human beings redeemed by God’s love in Christ Jesus. 

Before going to bed, read the closing words of Romans 8:31–38. Keep these words close to you as drift off to sleep.

Nothing can separate us from GOD’s Love

Romans 8:31-38

31 What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? 

32 Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else? 

33 Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one—for God himself has given us right standing with himself. 

34 Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us.

35 Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? 

36 (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”<span class="footnote" data-fn="#fen-NLT-28114a" data-link="[a]” style=”font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: top;”>[a]

37 No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.

38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,<span class="footnote" data-fn="#fen-NLT-28116b" data-link="[b]” style=”font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: top;”>[b] neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.

AMEN

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