Ash Wednesday – "Why so much attention?"
by Dr. Dan Sharp, Minister of Worship
As we enter into the season of Lent, you might wonder...“Why so much attention?” Isn't Lent mostly a Roman Catholic thing? The answer to that question is “No.” Humbling one’s self before God during the forty-day period prior to Easter was observed before there was a Catholic church.
Today is known as Ash Wednesday, a day to be reminded of our mortality and Christ’s great sufficiency. The ashes are a real, physical reminder that we have come from dust originally and, in the end, we return to dust. In between those times, great significance can happen. We can encounter our Creator. And because of what He did, it is possible to stay in communion with Him forever.
That truth is very humbling indeed. We contributed nothing but grief. He took our grief, made it his own, and rescued us from ourselves, including today.