Thursday, February 19, 2015

Meaning Behind Ash Wednesday



Yesterday was Ash Wednesday – a time to reflect on the frailty of the human body and the shortness our time on earth.

“By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return.” – Genesis 3:19

This somber Easter time reflection on the curse of sin helps Christ followers put Jesus’ life, death and resurrection in the proper focus.

What better construct by which to consider the fragility of the human body and the brevity of our lives than marriage.

Walking down the aisle that calm and beautiful July 20th 2012 afternoon, I pledged to be joined to my husband until death parts us. Abiding by those vows means I will get a close up view of time and earthly toils’ affect on my husband and vice versa.

So far, we have witnessed weight gain, rubbed sore backs, and messaged aching feet.

In the future, we will see (more!) gray hairs crop up, health come and go, and energy wane.

As sad as it is to say, one day we will even die.

Yet Jesus’ life, death and resurrection give us hope.

His life teaches us about endurance through hard times, trials and tribulations.

His death took away our sins and freed us to give the best of ourselves to each other.

His resurrection shows us that even in the bleakest of times, joy does come in the morning. It also assures us of a time coming when we will truly be together forever with no pain, no sadness and no sorrow.

What were your Ash Wednesday reflections? Share them in the comment section down below.


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