A day of indulgence on Fat Tuesday followed by smudged foreheads of ash. Today is Ash Wednesday. A day when priests and pastors mark parishioners foreheads or the palm of the hand with a black smudge of ash. It is the first day of Lent in which many take the six weeks before Easter to prepare their hearts for resurrection day of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The distribution of ashes is to remind us all that the life we live now will end and we need to seek repentance for our sins....do an about face turning from our sinful nature. It is a time to focus on our spiritual lives and maybe even set some spiritual goals for ourselves. Hopefully the goals we set will become a habit and thus continue far beyond the Easter season. So, I challenge you all to set three goals for yourself this Lent.