Today marks the beginning of Lent. The scripture verse for today comes from the book of Mark.
“The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.” ~Mark 1:15
Many believers celebrate “Ash Wednesday” the ashes represent a sign of hope and remembrance of ones baptism. Baptism is a path where believers come into a community of conversion. It’s a time of making promises to live our life in God and to follow Jesus Christ. Life is ever-changing and therefore, we are always in a constant state of conversion. Ash Wednesday, we surrender to and acknowledge our willingness to participate in change, this type of change requires trust and this trust requires safety and community. Our communities of faith provide safe spaces where we can claim, reclaim or acknowledge our humanity and for our need for grace and forgiveness. In these communities, we are supported and reminded that we are never alone and one this Ash Wednesday, we are especially reminded of this as we see our brothers and sisters with the mark of the cross on their foreheads and/or wrists. Just look around, we can witness this great phenomenon of the frailty of our shared humanity and need of a redeemer not only on the hands/faces of friends, brothers and sisters but also on our foes, those individuals in which we convince ourselves that we have nothing in common with. Truly, the kingdom of God is indeed among us!
Change can often be described as a dark path in many of our lives, the unknown and unfamiliar, I believe this happens most generally because we forgot that we are BELOVED children of God. We are never too far gone or too far away from God’s love and forgiveness. Darkness is nothing more than the absence of light.
“Just as darkness is the absence of light, evil is the absence of God.” ~Albert Einstein.
Breath Prayer: Help me to trust you, loving God. ~Amen