Daily Devotion Ash Wednesday, March 5

Getting this out later than usual, as I didn’t have internet access this morning. Blessed Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent.

Wednesday, March 05, 2014 – Ash Wednesday

Psalm 5; Amos 5:6-15; Hebrews 12:1-14 and Luke 18:9-14

Hebrews 12:1-14 – 1Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, 2looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God.

The race is now before us. The race of life and the race of Lent 2014. Today is Ash Wednesday, the day that marks the beginning of Lent. Many will go to services today to remember that “from dust we came and to dust we shall return”. Many of us don’t like to think about our mortality yet it is a fact. As we were given the gift of life at our birth, so will we one day die.

In the Psalms we hear; “Our days may come to seventy years, or eighty, if our strength endures” (Psalm 9:10 NIV). Today we might say; our days may come to eighty, or even one hundred, if our strength endures.” Yet, it’s not the number of days that we live that’s important. It’s how we live each day. It’s striving to make our life count.

In the gospels we hear how Jesus set his face towards Jerusalem, towards the cross. Lent is a time for us to reflect on what Jesus did for us, what the saints before us have done and then seek to do as we are called to do in living each day for God who has given us life now and promises us eternal life.

Today, focus upon the gift of new life offered us through Jesus Christ. Today, think of someone who lived or lives a good Christian life. What about them makes you say they live(d) a good Christian life? Here’s something to remember. No one, even the best Christian, is perfect. We all need the Christ who came to give us life.

What are you called to? As you stand at the starting line of this day, of Lent 2014, what do you feel called to do, to change, to …. So that you might run well this race that is set before you.

Psalm 5 – 8   Lead us, O LORD, in your righteousness ….
make your way straight before us.  Amen.

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