How many times have you put ashes on your forehead and sat in church and listen to the preacher do a sermon on repentance and renewal for Ash Wednesday? Some of us may have done it all our lives, some may have done it just in the past few years, and some have never done it.

What makes this Ash Wednesday, leading up to lent, any different? Why is this one so special? Ash Wednesday is the start of the Lent season and is 40 days of either stopping something or doing something to get closer to God. For some, it can be a new years resolution, but only for 40 days that lead up to Easter. For others, they take it very seriously and try to head to the will of God to grow closer to Him through the 40 days.

I thought to myself last night, how serious am I going to be about this? One of my youth started talking to me and she said she didn't know what to do. I made a few suggestions and we made the promise that we are going to read at least 2 chapters a day, one in the old and new testament starting in Genesis and Matthew.

I am very excited about this. I also learned that the ashes that were spread on my forehead were from the palm leaves from last years palm Sunday service. I never knew that. It made it a whole lot more meaningful to me.

John 12:13 (New International Version)

13They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting,
"Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!"
"Blessed is the King of Israel!"

What a blessing. The king is coming again, but I look forward to Easter to celebrate the day He defeated death for our sins! Hosanna!!


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