It has been a while since I have posted anything. Life has been chugging along and work has been busy. However, as we begin another time of preparation heading toward Easter Sunday, I felt compelled to write.
With each passing day, the reality that every person who walks this earth needs Jesus grows. The reason I feel this weight is because of how much I know that I need him. The struggles of this life are too many to be able to handle them on our own. Even when we do not travel life’s road alone, we instinctively know that our fellow travelers are in the same situation we are. Just because we are not going through the same thing at the same time does not mean that we are not all subject to it.
Time, this unrelenting hound that chases after each of us, never gets tired. We can hear its charge every day, with some days being louder and more persistent than others. But, it is there keep a steady pace.
This in the end is what makes Ash Wednesday such an important day. It is a reminder that no matter what we do we all must face our eventual demise. The question we must ask ourselves will we die alone, or will we die with Christ. The latter is to be preferred.
I remember my time serving with United Methodist Church where I learned to appreciate this simple truth. Various words were used as the ashes were imposed upon my forehead by my pastor. They would say: “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return,” and “Repent, and believe the Gospel.”
This is a powerful reminder. I hope that you remember that we will not live in this world forever, therefore, repent, and believe the Gospel. That is not merely a message for the lost, it is also the message of the redeemed. The former hear it and are put on the path of the life. The latter are given a chance to remember that life could have been different, but God who is rich in mercy has provided a sacrifice, Jesus the Christ, a propitiation for our sins. Amen!