Ash Wednesday is the beginning of the Lenten season. A day we remembering our mortality and fully embrace life in the present. It is a day to begin the journey to Easter with repentance and fall upon God’s steadfast love and mercy.
One of the traditional passages we consider for the day is from Psalm 51.
Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.Psalm 51:1-2
What a great reminder that it is not because I am good that God forgives. God forgives because God is good. Such a simple truth that can be forgotten in our zeal to serve God.
The goodness of God can be seen in that we even desire to repent and draw closer to him. That you want to participate in Lent is grace. God will meet you in your practice(s) not because you earn it but because he doesn’t want to be anywhere else except with you.
As we begin Lent, and for many we enter the practice of and taking on or giving up something in a way to focus our attention on God, may it be done with the mindset that we are unable to earn God’s favor in any way. Don’t worry about being good enough. You and I aren’t and won’t ever be good enough. But be assured, however, that God is plenty good enough for us all.
Thanks be to God that we don’t receive what we deserve…but rather we receive what God desires!!!