Today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent in the liturgical year. It is a solemn day of remembrance of the dust from which we can and our inherent frailness.
We are the creation; we are not the creator.
We need salvation; we are not the savior.
As with so many of the spiritual practices, it is easy to miss God in the ritual. We read our Bibles to check a task off a list rather than to open a connection to the Author. We pray so others will know our holiness rather than to hear the voice of the Father.
And we enter into Lent in order to prove our devotion to God.
Our faith can be in the ritual rather than the God of the ritual.
Lent is not showing how much suffering you are able to endure in the name of God.
It is also not a way to curry the favor of the Lord.
Lent is not proof to God of your devotion. Or an attempt to make your self better.
It is not you doing your part to be holy. Upholding your end of some bargain with God.
Lent is a time to release something your false self clings to for security. It is a time to put aside something that you turn to for wholeness. To give up trying to make your self right.
That way Christ can speak to your true self. The image of God within you that is being restored.
What are you letting go of this season?