Ash Wednesday

All shall be well and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well. — Julian of Norwich

“Wait a minute, Hubbell. Lent and Ash Wednesday is about sackcloth and ashes. Especially Ash Wednesday, you know ashes on your forehead, dust-to-dust, and all that stuff. What are you up to this year?”

Well those followers of these messages recall that I have been known to throw an occasional curveball. This year I decided to shake things up on the first pitch to keep you off-balance, or perhaps not. The forty days of Lent are approximately one-tenth of the calendar year – a ten percent tithe. Ever think about that? Lent calls us to give to ourselves a tithe. A gift to ourselves of prayer, meditation and sacrifice for forty days. This gift brings us closer to God, helps us understand ourselves, and improve the quality of our everyday life. What an awesome gift! If we only allow ourselves to receive it. The giving is easier than the receiving.

So as you begin the Lenten season think, in prayerful meditation, about what would it take to be able to say “All is well.” The answer over the next forty days may surprise you.

About the author

Webb Hubbell is the former Associate Attorney General of The United States. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, A Game of Inches, The Eighteenth Green, and The East End are published by Beaufort Books and are available online or at your local bookstore. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps and The Eighteenth Green won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller. His latest, “Light of Day” will be on the bookstands soon.

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