Today is Ash Wednesday. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the season of Lent. Ash Wednesday reminds us of 2 things:
(1) our sinfulness before God
(2) our human mortality
In the beginning, God formed human beings out of the dust of the earth (Genesis 2:7). After they had sinned against God, God gave them their punishment and told them, “you are dust, and to dust you shall return” (Genesis 3:19 NRSV).
John the Baptist and Jesus Christ also preached the message, “Repent, and believe the Gospel” (Mark 1:15).
Let us intentionally spend time today to reflect on our lives—we are frail creatures. Let us be mindful that we are sinful creatures and confess our sins before the holy yet merciful God. May God teach us to number our days so that we will live wisely for God’s glory.