I love the season of Lent. I didn’t grow up in the church so I don’t have any baggage about it. Hear me, I have baggage – just not about Lent. Lent is a time for grieving over sin. Mine. Yours. The Worlds. I need a time to grieve over the brokenness in me and around me – don’t you? Today was my first time attending a Catholic church for Ash Wednesday service. I loved seeing the diversity of God’s people – all coming to declare their need to grieve. Their need to come clean. To come nearer to God. That was at noon today. Tonight at 6 PM I’m going to meet my friend, Denny and her friend – whom I’ve never met – for dinner. And so there’s this tension in me about the ashes. Do I wash the ashes so as not to freak her out? (Or so as not to declare my “spirituality” as the Scriptural reading declared today.) Or do I wear the ashes to declare to her and the world “I’m in mourning.” Both are valid – aren’t they? Regardless of whether or not one can see the ashes – I’m thankful for a month to mourn over sin. Mine and yours and the worlds. I need it.
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Dr. Jackie Roese grew up in upstate New York in a non-christian family. She received her Doctorate in Preaching from Gordon Conwell Seminary in 2010. She has written fifteen Bible studies and is willing to push us to MORE. Jackie translates the Bible with direct application to our everyday lives.