Ash Wednesday, 2/18

Today's Reading: Hebrews 12:1-14 

Today's Meditation:

It’s Ash Wednesday, and if we choose to accept it, the next 40 days can be a race set before us of surveying the blood-stained cross of Jesus and preparing us for the greatest of all celebrations, Easter Sunday. This can be a time for us to choose to spend more quiet time with our Lord concentrating on all that He has done for us. We can find that extra time by giving up a meal at an interval right for us or giving up some tech games or another leisure time activity. Sitting in God’s presence, He will show you what gets in the way of more quiet time with Him. This usually means we will need to deny ourselves something that has taken up too much of our time, and keeps us occupied with fleshly pursuits. Our Lord wants us to love Him so much that there’s only joy in our heart at the thought of spending more time with the One who loves us most. When we choose to deny ourselves something on the outside, while replacing it with more time with Him, we will show our deep gratitude for what He has done for us. BRF

 

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us. (v.1)

Father, for Your glory and our growth, I ask you to inundate us with fresh grace in the coming weeks. This special season is all about what You have done for us, not what we promise to do for You.