Today is considered by some cultures, especially in
the Catholic Church, to be “Fat Tuesday.” Down in
my college friend, Patrice’s Mississippi “bayou”
they are celebrating with Louisiana, too!
Happy Mardi Gras Day!!
This morning, Tuesday March 4, 2014, the Channel 10
(CBS) announced that today is “National Pancake Day,”
with no specific denomination or explanation given.
Easier not to say, “Fill up on Pancakes, because
some of us tomorrow will be ‘fasting!'”
Tomorrow, Ash Wednesday, will be one some consider
a somber and sobering moment, remembering Jesus’
walk to the Cross.
I go to the First Presbyterian Church in Delaware,
Ohio. If you wish to skip religious messages, don’t
worry, you can pass on this and it won’t bother me
I just loved my March “Spire” Newsletter’s message,
written by our Pastor Deb Patterson.
I feel our church is inclusive and embraces many
different cultures, as we have the college nearby.
Ohio Wesleyan students sometimes attend, having
transferred their ‘home’ for their four to six
years, from far and wide.
Along with a woman one of our church members
met on a Mission Trip in South America. He
brought her home and made her his bride!
(Jeff and Gloria, another love story: Smile!)
Maybe you will find this worthy of reading.
You are dust and to dust you shall return.” These
are the words used on Ash Wednesday while the ashes
from last year’s palms (now burned into ash) are
placed on your forehead. These words not only mark
the beginning of the Season of Lent but remind us of
our own mortality. Mortality is the one thing we all
share in common; black, white, brown, Christian,
Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Atheist, Russian, Iranian,
Iraqi, Palestinian, British, American, Guatemalan,
Hispanic… the list is long and all encompassing.
Together we will all share in this final event.
I wonder if we… from all different walks of life,
… different nationalities and religions… if we
were gathered together at the throne of God and
asked what loving things we had done during our
lifetime… I wonder if there would be regret,
remorse, sorrow, despair or would there be peace
and joy? One of the reasons I like the Season of
Lent is that it is a time to do some personal
inner work. A time set aside in our church year
to intentionally examine ourselves and our
relationships with each other, our neighbors and
This Ash Wednesday we will be doing a different
type of service. While we will still receive the
imposition of the ashes, we will take some time
to do some directed reflection. I will invite all
gathered to take personal time to look deep within
at behaviors such as hardness of heart, resentments
and negative behaviors. There will be stations
around the sanctuary that will become a part of this
service. What I have learned over the years is that
personal spiritual freedoms comes from letting go…
and we all have things we could release to God.
I will be encouraging the four individual reflections
used in our worship service as Lenten practice. If
you are not able to attend the Ash Wednesday Service,
I will have these reflections available on the First
Sunday of Lent. We have forty days to do some personal
housekeeping. A clean house makes more room for God’s
growth in us.
I look forward to walking Lent with you.
I hope that you feel a message to all from my
pastor, giving you her blessing. I always feel
very accepted and loved when I attend First
Presbyterian Church. Take care!