ashes and snowflakes

“Never failed me yet, never failed me yet–
Jesus’ blood never failed me yet.
This one thing I know, that He loves me so…
Jesus’ blood
won’t fail me yet
won’t fail me yet
won’t fail me yet…”

It never ceases to amaze me, how three and a half minutes of these words repeated over and over, manage to sort of get inside you.  If you listen to the Jars of Clay singing it, you’ll know why.  It starts off quietly, builds up, and then ends quietly again; and the melody can bring various things to mind:  a slow waltz with comforting arms around you, a young girl in a swing singing to her heart’s content, a mother rocking and singing her baby to sleep.  You only know the best comfort from it though, if you’re as much a sinner as I am…

It’s Ash Wednesday today.  And ALL WHITE outside.

Lord, thank You for washing me whiter than snow!  We pray for those who presently have tornadoes in their lives–both figuratively and literally!

Why I give up something(s) for Lent:

  • Helps me identify, though in a VERY small way, with Christ’s suffering (“I am crucified with Christ..”)
  • I can identify, again in a VERY small way, with Christians who suffer persecution (or those who are suffering in any way)–and thereby be inspired/reminded to pray for them more fervently
  • Prepares me to celebrate the joy and life that comes because of Easter
  • Reminds me that it’s not possible to conquer my carnal desires and habits without God’s help
  • Reminds me of just how little I can do on my own, without His help

  “If our minds are ruled by our desires, we will die.  But if our  minds are ruled by the Spirit, we will have life and peace.” (Romans 8:6, CEV)

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