It is amazing to me that the week has whooshed by and it is Wednesday again. And this Wednesday is what we call Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the Lenten season.
From Catholic Culture. Org...
So says the priest as he makes the sign of cross with ashes on our foreheads...This is a vivid reminder of our mortal nature. We are bodies fashioned from dust. "Then the Lord God formed man out of the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living being" (Gen 2:7). Our bodies were made from nothing, and will return to nothing when we die. Ashes are a symbol of this passing world, a reminder of our death.
Last Friday, we got a reminder of how fragile life as we know it is. My father-in-law, who was a very strong and independent man, suddenly fell after he choked on his morning glass of lemon water. He fell and couldn't get up again. He lost all his strength and control of his arms and legs and just lay face down until someone turned him over. What a timely reminder that everything can change in the twinkling of an eye.
Today, he is confined in the hospital. He has regained some movement in his arms and legs but he has no strength in his fingers. There is talk of surgery of the cervical spine (in his neck) but I am still hoping and praying that he can recover on his own. Won't you pray with me?
Here is a verse I printed out and taped to his wall... "They that hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint."
God bless you!