Ash Wednesday

I hope this is a blessed day for you, wherever you are. Today begins the season of Lent in which we often look inward at our own sin and brokenness. But I’d like to ask you to consider flipping that this year.

Instead, look outward. Look beyond your day-to-day, into the world around you. What has changed? How are vulnerable people encountering more difficulty than in previous times? How has kindness eroded? Are you more or less willing to listen to what your leaders and political parties say about the other side? Are you accepting what you see happening around you, or are you unsettled?

And most of all, how much is fear a part of your religious faith? Is fear controlling the ways you relate to people around you?

Taking a look at the world through the lens of love might be the best way to spend Lent this year.

-Steve

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