At the conclusion of any Ash Wednesday service see a pair of lines, crude charcoal calligraphy. And we remember what it means to be a follower of Christ, to be sealed in our baptism by the Holy Spirit and marked as Christ’s own forever. We remember that we have only a limited time on this earth to make a difference in the lives of those we meet, to show forth the love and light of God to a world too familiar with darkness. How easy it is to rub the ashes away and forget that there is still a cross written on our foreheads.
On Ash Wednesday we make that cross visible, if but for a brief time. This small, crudely drawn cross reminds us of another cross, the one that Jesus calls his followers to pick up when they decide to follow him. All too often, this cross also fades into invisibility, a wooden victim of our lethargy and misplaced priorities. During the season of Lent, we are given the opportunity to discern how to make that cross visible again.
Let’s begin our Lenten season together as a congregation in worship, on February 13th, at 7 PM, in our sanctuary.