Thursday, February 22, 2007
Ashes for beauty
Last night at my church we had an Ash Wednesday Service to mark the beginning of lent. We focused on the story of the womon caught in adultery. (John 8.1-11) I could blog about all sorts of things that came out of it, but I want to focus on the final few words.
Jesus said, "then neither do I condemn you, go now and leave your life of sin." We have such a loving Lord that despite the wrongs we do he gives us a chance to change our sin for something much more beautiful. We were each given a pot of ash during the service to remind each of us that we are sinners - then at the end as we listen to Ashes for Beauty by Kathryn Scott we had our ash exchanged for a flower.
As we approach Easter - and focus on God during lent remember two things. One you are a sinner and two your sin has been exchanged for beauty in Christ's death and resurrection.