Tuesday, February 17, 2015

ASH WEDNESDAY





It was the Easter Season 1975.  We were serving in a Baptist Church in Bell Gardens, CA.  My dearest preached a sermon that changed the way I view the Easter Season from that day to this.

The message was about the suffering and death of Jesus.  I had heard many sermons on the subject, but my heart was ready to hear it in a more personal way.  I could stop crying as I felt in my soul the suffering and pain of my Savior.  When I got home, I spent some time in prayer and felt the need to show my love by spending some time in fasting and prayer.

Since that time I have looked forward to Ash Wednesday.  I like to spend a little time each day, either in reflection, study, meditation, prayer and sometimes fasting.

There are many daily devotions for Lent, and now more and more Christians who do not attend a Catholic Church find that the observance of Lent to be a refreshing and renewing way to spend the Easter Season.

This year I'm going to do my own study of the Passion of Christ through the four Gospels.

Do you or your Church observe, Lent, Palm Sunday, or Good Friday?  If you do, I would love to hear about it.

25 comments:

  1. I observe them in my soul, but not in church. The Easter Message always touches me.

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    1. Janet that is the best place to observe them. I love the message of Easter too.

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  2. I didn't know you are a Pastor's wife. I am not in church as much as I could be. My grandson is 'bored' so I try to get him there once a month. I especially love the music on the holidays.

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    1. Even though we are retired, I guess once a Pastor's wife....always a Pastor's wife..HaHa.
      It must be difficult to worship in church with all you are going through...but whats in your heart is the important place. I love the music too, Linda.

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  3. I attend a church that does not celebrate those special days, but we are reminded of what He did for all of us. A time alone is important to me.

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    1. That is what a long for and strive for during this time. A time alone to reflect. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. It is a special time for silence, solitude and observance. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. We observe Good Friday and Easter (just like good Baptists. ha.) ..but not Lent. Although I do appreciate the concept and can see how it would be beneficial.

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    1. Yes I've been a "good Baptist" since childhood. HaHa It was some of my reading of CS Lewis that also made me want to go a little deeper in my own life for those 40 days. Being retired sure does help with taking extra time to study or reflect.

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  6. Our church does the Stations of the Cross.
    I have never been able to attend because I have always been in Mexico.
    This year I am looking forward to going. It is such a beautiful time of reflection and observance of the full meaning of Easter.

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    1. Oh I even like the title of that. Stations of the Cross. So glad you will be able to do that this year.

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  7. I was born on Palm Sunday, so it never goes unnoticed with me, although perhaps I need to study it in a better perspective. The church I grew up in (until 9th grade) observed those days, but not so much my parents. I do remember there being an air of anticipation surrounding the resurrection when I was a little girl. It would be nice to have that feeling resurrected too.

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    1. How special to be born on Palm Sunday. How often does that happen? I need discipline, so this also gives me a chance to exercise it. We didn't get a lot of new clothes growing up... but we did get a new dress for Easter Sunday.. Mom usually made them.

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  8. Dear Wanda, It is a good time to renew and reflect and of course be thankful.
    It certainly came quickly. xoxox Catherine

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    1. I thought the same thing. It can't be Ash Wednesday already. Some years it doesn't come till March.

      Hugs back to you.

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  9. Our Methodist church is doing ashes tonight but we are sick and staying home.

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    1. Our church does not do the ashes... but I love the picture of the ashes, dust to dust and the sign of the cross which is what Lent is really all about. I do wear the ashes in my heart today Bob.

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  10. I did not grow up in a church that observed Lent. In the past few years as Good Friday would arrive, I would always feel I had missed out by not preparing for a Resurrection Day. This year, an online Bible study I have participated in is offering a scripture reading plan for the season and I am looking forward to this and focusing on the cross and what Jesus did.

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    1. Nonnie, I have found some wonderful daily devotions on line for Lent in the past, and have used several of them. I excited for you and know this will be a very meaningful time.

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  11. Our church observes all that you have mentioned. Over the years, as a singer, I have participated in numerous celebrations within various denominations. It is always interesting and moving to me to experience how others worship. I may be attending a Taizé weekend retreat shortly which I did last year and it was a very powerful experience. How lovely that your husband's preaching brought you to a deeper understanding.

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    1. Suza, I didn't know you were a singer. How wonderful to be invited to different churches to participate in their worship. I'm an alto...would love to sing a duet with you....I love music and love to harmonize. My husband has been my Pastor for many years.

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    2. Love to sing a duet with you too! Yes, my first and foremost career was as a professional opera singer, and then I was a writer. Both very interesting, hectic and amazing careers.

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  12. I love your gentle plans for lent Wanda. I was brought up a Baptist but now as you have probably picked up from my recent blog post we are, and have been for a ling time, worshipping within the Anglican denomination. We observe the full liturgical year which I love and is important to me. Lent is one of the highlights of the liturgical year for me as I spend time daily reflecting, praying, meditating and pondering on what the Lord Jesus did for me and for all. Lent helps me truly prepare my heart for the celebration of Jesus' resurrection at Easter. May this Lent be a blessed on to you and all your lovely readers.

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    1. Shirley, you've said it so well. This is just what my heart had desired for the years we served in Churches that observed Holy Week, but not the entire 40 days. I love how it brings me closer to the Lover of my Soul, and I do want to share in His suffering, as we are asked o do.

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