Ash Wednesday

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Live your life with an eternal perspective

Matthew 6:2
“When you give alms, do not blow a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets to win praise of others.”

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As we enter into the season of Lent…many Christians today will receive ashes on their heads. Let’s make sure that this ritual is a reminder that our bodies…as well as all our possessions…will one day turn to dust.

Our earthly time is fleeting.

Let it remind us that this life is about more than “me”…but about “us” and all of creation.

Everything is part of a much grander plan.

The only time that is real is now.

It’s the only time to encounter God’s unconditional love and to channel it to others. Let the ashes on our heads also remind us that death will not be the end…but that life will go on and be transformed in eternal life. Jesus showed us this.

Let today’s ashes not be an attempt to attract attention to ourselves or an attempt to “please” God. Jesus went through a litany of instructions against hypocrisy…such as doing good deeds and giving alms to receive accolades or any other ulterior motives.

Let us use this time of Lent to practice letting go of our ego’s desires for things that won’t last and don’t matter…so that we can be open to the things that do…such as learning to love, seeking justice with compassion and serving those in need.

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Listen to the song of the day “Pour Me Out” by clicking HERE.

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Remember…God loves you!

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About billtonnis

Child of God, Pastoral Minister, Chaplain, Music Minister, Jail Minister, singer-songwriter, former radio news anchor, imperfect follower of Jesus inspired by God's unconditional love, proud uncle... what else is there?
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