For centuries, Christians have marked a 40-day period before Easter for repentance and fasting. This season is called Lent. This day marks its beginning. Ash Wednesday is the day we remember we are fallen, and that the wages of sin is death. It is a day we cry out to God, knowing that Christ will rescue us. It is the day we mark ourselves with ash until the day of His return. A service of repentance and ashes.
Why do we celebrate the birth of Christ just once a year? Why can’t it be Christmas all the time? Why hold on to the joy? As the Christmas music begins to fade, the neighborhood lights start coming down, how do we hold on to Christ’s arrival with the mountain top experience moving into the background?