February 17, begins the first day of Lent, six weeks before Easter.
Many Christians celebrate Ash Wednesday, a holy day
Of prayer and fasting, deriving its name from the
Placing of ashes made from the burning of palm branches from
Previous year’s holy celebration. Ashes are placed by priests
On the forehead of participants, signifying their
contrition for sin in their lives. Some commit to
Selecting an item of abstinence during this season.
Many times I find myself making resolutions, attempting
To cleanse myself of defective habits, to bring about
One I have struggled with, is a dietary abstinence. I have a high
Intolerance of sugar, which effects me both physically and
Emotionally, so much so that under normal circumstances
I am able to refrain, but then eventually, forgetting the
Consequences, I succumb, and after that first bite (which
Is never enough) I am consumed with the desire for more, just as
the alcoholic cannot stop at one drink.
(My Father having been one)
Reflecting on this, I wonder if there could be two different
Approaches, in bringing about deliverance from the short
Comings that are causing such havoc in our lives.
1. Making a choice, one in my own power, to bring about
The deliverance I so much desire, often failing, falling into
Doubt and frustration, with little hope.
2. The second choice, as opposed to the first, one that
Depends on God’s power to help me abstain, creating a
Deeper cleansing and meaning in my life?
And though at times
I do not dare to hope
That I might find hope
To question heaven
When wings of hope have taken flight
And higher still
Only in my dreams at night
Of flowing streams and
An imaginary place I must
Until the wings of hope
Escaped return again
A place where I can hope
Where I can rest my head
And all peace prevails
No matter how much we offer in penance and confession,
Of giving of ourselves,
Our meager attempts are never enough.
Only Christ’s sacrifice of prayer and fasting while here on
Earth, the giving of His life that we may be saved, will there be
Book of Hebrews 11:1
“And what is faith? Faith
Gives assurance to our ‘hopes’
And makes us certain of things
We do not see… that will come to pass”
New English Bible