For February 17

Caroline Burns’ Devotional

“As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him; for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust.” Psalm 103: 13-14

Hi friends! I wanted to talk to you all about Ash Wednesday and it’s meaning. Ash Wednesday is the first day of lent which marks the time leading up to Easter for us to practice different habits including more prayer, reflection, and repentance. One of the parts of lent I especially appreciate is having an important time to really focus in and reflect on the sin in my life and the sin around me. It is also a time to devote oneself to living through Christ and pay attention to things in your life that you might need to change or habits you should pick up. A common practice during lent is to quit something in your life that is not beneficial or even possibly hurting you. Something I like to do in addition to stopping something is also picking up a new, healthy habit! Whether this is more prayer, sabbath, morning devotionals, or anything of the sort it can be very helpful and honorable towards God.

A specific thing that we can all reflect on is recognizing how we cannot earn God’s love anymore than what He has already provided for us. On Ash Wednesday, dust is used to represent Christians according to God’s word of Genesis 3:19: “For dust you are and to dust you shall return.” I love this verse because it highlights the reality of our devotion to God and the meaning of us. I also wanted to focus in on the verses above from psalm 103. I love how it expresses the compassion and love that God has for us even when he knows that we were created from dust. I hope everyone has a great, God driven week and lent! Thank you for reading!

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