I hope your week is going well. Wednesday is Ash Wednesday — which is the beginning of Lent. It may just be a small blip on the radar screen, but I hope you’ll think a bit more about it. It represents the beginning of a period of time leading to Easter when we celebrate new life through Christ. We use ashes to symbolize sacrifice and surrender. Anything you do that has merit usually has a price attached and you have to decide whether to pay it. If you do, it usually means you will sacrifice something else. By entering the graduate program at APU you’ve had to sacrifice something — time, money, family time, a hobby, a vacation, or something else. You decided that this was important enough to you to pay the price, sacrifice, and surrender that for the sake of a graduate degree. Jesus decided that his love for you and your wholeness and eternal forgiveness was important enough to pay the price, sacrifice, and surrender to death. And new life – Easter – followed that sacrifice. And new life is available to you because of it. Following that model, think about what is really important in your spiritual life and consider the sacrifice and surrender required. Then Wednesday will mean more than just another day.
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