2021.02.17 Daily Devotional for Lent
Our Lenten Devotionals feature reflections from The Road Back to God by Larry Neeb.
Ash Wednesday, February 17, 2021
28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
This Lent, remember that in our relationship with God, receiving is better than giving.
“The Light Burden of Ashes”
Today many Christians throughout the world will penitently approach their church altar and receive on their foreheads a cross of ashes. “Dust you are and to dust you will return,” the pastor will say – ominous words that remind us that life has its limits and ultimately ends in death.
But the cross of ashes laid upon your forehead is a light burden, expressing our Lord’s desire to take from your shoulders the heavy burdens of guilt and fear. This symbolic act marks the beginning of Lent, a season when you can learn anew the extremes to which God goes to reclaim you and to take from you the heavy burden of sin in all its forms.
Ash Wednesday brings us the opportunity to lean on God, trusting that God’s grace will sustain and support us even as each of us searches for a renewed path to faithfulness and service.