Lord, last night was Shrove Tuesday
with a pancake supper at church
put on by the youth to fund summer projects.
Today, Lent begins as we count down
to your crucifixion and Easter.
For some Lent is a time of austerity.
As a young person I gave up candy.
Such practices remind us of your sacrifice.
As I become older, Lent is a time of examination
so that I may grow in new ways
into the life of your kingdom. Amen.
The sacrifice acceptable to God is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.
2 Corinthians 13:5:
Examine yourselves to see whether you are living in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not realize that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless, indeed, you fail to meet the test!
Hymn: Lord, Who Throughout These Forty Days