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Today, Ash Wednesday, is observed by Christians. It is the first day of Lent which is a period of 40 days of sorrow and fasting before the feast of Easter. A cross of ashes is placed on one's forehead as a sign of penance for sin. "Repent, and believe in the Gospel."

Personally, I prefer to see it as a profession of one's belief and joy on being blessed by God and redeemed by the cross of Christ.


Yup! Way too much time on sin and not enough on redemption and mercy.

We may learn one of these days!

Did you get pancakes yesterday? :o)
Plenty of pancakes although I'm not particularly gone on them.
You are becoming a Joy-filled Christian!
May there be more of you and move out of the gloom and into the light of a redeemed people!
Have a Happy Lent
Yes. I think Lent will mean more to me this year as I look at it in a different light.
Huzzay for more joy filled faith!
I'm with you there.
Joy lightens the heart and any burdens. Practice joy and you will reap ten-fold.

- Erulisse (one L)