Thoughts and Songs for Ash Wednesday

To my surprise, I have really been looking forward to the season of Lent this year. I used to dread it, because it felt like a time where we all just felt guilty and mournful about what horrible people we all are, and why do we make Jesus suffer so, and aren’t we just the worst?

But this year feels different to me. This year, I am seeing Lent as a time to (quietly! contemplatively!) celebrate the deep, wide, vast, unfathomable love that Jesus has for us. This year, I am viewing Ash Wednesday as, yes, a time to reflect and repent, but also as a time to hit a spiritual reset button. It’s a chance to re-accept God’s grace and re-affirm our faith. It’s a chance to revise and renew, and that makes me excited!

We won’t be attending a service today, as Chris and I are sick, but that’s ok. God is here, among the diapers and dirty dishes. And whatever you’ve got going on today, He’s with you too.

My prayer for this season:
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and grant me a willing spirit to sustain me. Psalm 51:10-12

Some songs for your worship:

Blessings and joy as we begin our Lenten journey!

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