This Wednesday is observed as Ash Wednesday in many churches. In the Bible, we find that sprinkling oneself with ashes was a mark of sorrow from sin.
This is the beginning of the Lenten season, the 40-day period (excluding Sundays) leading up to Easter. For many, it is customary to give up something for Lent, symbolic of Christ's sacrifice for us.
The theme of today's Upper Room meditation was one of encouraging moderation in all things. That is certainly an exercise in self-discipline that I am hoping to make a part of my Lenten observance.
What about you? Do you traditionally give up something for Lent?
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