Grace & Peace Lenten Devotional 2015 – Ash Wednesday

Grace & Peace Lenten Devotional 2015 – Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday, February 18, 2015            Ephesians 1: 3-6

3Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, 4just as he chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless before him in love. 5He destined us for adoption as his children through Jesus Christ, according to the good pleasure of his will, 6to the praise of his glorious grace that he freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.

  • Adoption of a pet…..child
  • Our adoption as Children of God in baptism
  • Being blessed with spiritual blessing
  • The black smudge! (badge of honor)


2 thoughts on “Grace & Peace Lenten Devotional 2015 – Ash Wednesday

  1. Why do we do the Ash thing on the forehead? I do not understand this text as it relates to the ash on the forehead? Can you explain?

    • Thanks Tam! Great question!
      First- this Lenten devotional is simply a means of daily prayer- which is one way to commemorate the Lenten season. But you are correct- the text had nothing to do with Ash Wednesday. We begin the season of Lent on Ash Wednesday, thus it was appropriate to begin our Lenten devotional study on that day.
      Ash Wednesday is the beginning of the 40 days of Lent (less Sundays). The season of Lent are the 40 days prior to Easter. Easter, of course, being the highest of Holy days in the Christian faith. Therefore, the Lenten season is a way to prepare for the great celebration that happens on Easter when we celebrate/ commemorate the day when Jesus rose from the grave and defeated the power of death.
      The ashes, as I previously explained, are intended to remind us of our mortality, our brokenness and our need for God. The ashes generally come from the burned palms from the previous year (mixed with a little oil). The use of burnt offerings were a common practice particularly in the Old Testament, which is where the words we say on Ash Wednesday come from: “Remember that you are dust and to dust you will return” (from the book of Genesis). We use the symbol of the cross to remind of us of what Christ did for us in death and of the sacrament of baptism. It is the same symbol that we place on the forehead with oil when we anoint one who is baptized. It is in the waters of baptism when we become “washed and made new” (what scripture says) and therefore become empowered by the work of the Holy Spirit to love one another as Christ loved us and to serve one another. So, as you can see, there is a lot of symbolism involved. Hope that helps! Thanks for the question.

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