Evening Prayer for Ash Wednesday
‘God’s compassion calls us to Metanoia
(change) and Healing’
As we begin our Lenten journey towards the glory
of the Resurrection, Christ invites us to take a look
into the cluttered recesses of our hearts,
and to let go of all that is superfluous
in order to create a space for God to fill.
Ash Wednesday is a day of reflection on what needs to change in our lives, reminding us to repent and get our lives centered, our priorities straight and our hearts clean. It offers us a new chance to say ‘yes’ to the Lover of our Souls who created us and made us in his own image. It is the time for a restoration that will reveal the beauty of God’s design for us, showing once again the scale, proportion and priorities intended by our Maker. It is a season of hope, and with ashes on our foreheads and hope in our hearts we go forth to love and serve; for by God’s grace in Christ, we do not have to stay the way we are.
Stuart Malloy, Copyright © Christian Resource Institute
(adapted & abridged)
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