With Ash Wednesday we begin yet another season of Lent. I get the feeling that unless people have grown up with it they don't get it. In the old days it was that time of the church year when ashes were placed on our foreheads, no one got married, no meat was eaten on Friday, we didn't go to parties, something was "given up", and the alleluias went away. It was all about denial and holding back over the guilt of our sins and respect for Christ's suffering. There were a lot of outward indicators that it was Lent, and everyone participated. It's not like that anymore. The biggest thing that I think has changed is that people just don't feel as guilty about things, much less about their sins. Since I'm not a big fan of guilt, this doesn't bother me all that much. I really believe Jesus has taken all my guilt away and replaced it with feelings like respect, appreciation, awe, and love. Even joy. Still, I can see why Lent is good for me. It helps me see again what a wonderful Savior and Friend I have in Jesus.
Have a Blessed Lenten season,