25 February 2009

Click here for today's Bible reading: Leviticus 18-21; Proverbs 18:13-24.

Today is Ash Wednesday.

Words for Lenten Reflection
Today's Word: Ashes

I blow on flames and end up with ashes; God blows on ashes and ends up with a living, breathing being. —JAL

Is this the kind of fast I have chosen, only a day for a man to humble himself? Is it only for bowing one's head like a reed and for lying on sackcloth and ashes? Is that what you call a fast, a day acceptable to the LORD? —Isaiah 58:5

The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me,
 because the LORD has anointed me
 to preach good news to the poor.
 He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
 to proclaim freedom for the captives
 and release from darkness for the prisoners,
to proclaim the year of the LORD's favor
 and the day of vengeance of our God,
  to comfort all who mourn,
and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
 to bestow on them a crown of beauty
 instead of ashes,
 the oil of gladness
 instead of mourning,
 and a garment of praise
 instead of a spirit of despair.
 They will be called oaks of righteousness,
 a planting of the LORD
 for the display of his splendor. —Isaiah 61:1-3

The blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkled on those who are ceremonially unclean sanctify them so that they are outwardly clean. How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God! —Hebrews 9:13-14

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