I would rather wear the smudge on my forehead than to admit its residence upon my soul. I prefer a crude cross above my eyes to any questions about runny mascara or razor burn. In a place where self-confidence is rewarded and any sign of weakness or emotional predisposition is held suspect, it is difficult to consider actually following the advice of the prophet to return to the Lord with fasting, with weeping and with mourning. It is, however, acceptable — maybe even fashionable to appear in public with a dirty forehead as a sign that I have religion. It is amazing how symbols of piety, like sackcloth ashes, have been transformed into mask that hides me from myself and circumvents the intent of Ash Wednesday.
Scripture Lessons appointed for the day
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II Corinthians 5:20b-6:10
Rend Your Hearts . . .
Listen quietly and calmly to the song "Turn to Me" by John Foley.
Today, keep your eyes open to things in your life that have caused you to turn away from God and look for ways to turn your heart back to God.
God is gracious!!