Perhaps you have had an experience like this: An accident. A serious illness. A close call that made dying a believable reality.
The Ash Wednesday liturgy last month invited us to have a symbolic brush with death as someone brushes ashes on our forehead. As we continue in Lent:
1. Take the opportunity to get a new perspective, to examine your life afresh, to repent, to enter into the “struggle against everything that leads us away from love of God and neighbor.”
2. Recall how you have flirted with death by sinning “in thought, word, and deed,” by what we have done, and by what we have left undone.
3. Remember your baptism, and dare to make confession.
4. Step into Palm Sunday shedding the dusty, ashen creatures that we all are.
This message was adapted from “Cross-marked and New” by E. Louise Williams that appeared in the October 1999 issue of Lutheran Woman Today (now Gather) magazine.