Turning Toward God
This year for Ash Wednesday, our congregation did something new. Each of us wrote a sin on a paper and put it on a nail on the cross. I started thinking about the meaning of the word repentance, which is turning away from, and I started thinking about all the turning I wanted to do. I started thinking about the things I wanted to turn away from and the things I wanted to turn toward.
There is nothing magical about these 40 days. God does not love us more if we observe Lent, nor is God angry with us if we fail to do so. Many good Christians never give Lent a second thought, but if we choose we can make it a meaningful time of turning away from sin and toward God.
- Thomas in Arlington, TX