What a wonderful and exciting time to be a part of the family of God! Ash Wednesday is upon us and ushers in a marvelous opportunity to reflect as family, and especially as the sons and daughters of God (http://www.upperroom.org/lent101). In fact, a designated Tuesday has been appointed for such, but there is a choice to make, a fork in the road so to speak, in that there are a couple of choices before us as to what kind of experience we want to explore. For many, today is Fat Tuesday (Mardi Gras) which presents an opportunity to consume richly as many earthly pleasures as we can in a short amount of time before the sun rises. And yet, for others we celebrate today as Shrove Tuesday (Confess) the beginning of our remembrance of the journey towards the Cross and the Resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ. It’s a Tuesday choice that matters greatly.
For those who choose the Shrove route, a rich spiritual journey lies ahead that we call Lent. During Lent, we are called to look inward into our own lives, repent of sin and turn toward God. The forty days of the Lenten season exclude Sundays and occur between February 18 and April 2. Most would encourage a season of penitence and confession; many would encourage these days to be reflective, but all who observe Lent would agree it is a time of deep and profound thanks to God for His great gift in Christ Jesus.
Tomorrow is Day One, Ash Wednesday where we begin this journey together. I encourage you today to choose the fork in the road that finally delivers you from a mindset of endless consumption to a mindset of eternal significance with God.