Ash Wednesday

 

Good morning! Welcome to the Canyon Ranch, Spring Practice, or simply to the comfort of your own home for Lenten Season. For over the next six weeks The Hubbell Pew expands to seven days a week as we follow the Lenten calendar. No, you don’t have to be a Christian to participate. As I like to say The Hubbell Pew is open to all and closed to none.

In most Christian churches members of the church attend a service this day, and receive a mark of the cross on their forehead. Usually the mark is made by the ashes of the burned palms from the previous year’s Palm Sunday. I admit I get a little freaked out when the priest marks my forehead and says the words, “ashes to ashes, dust to dust.” But in an attempt not to focus on the implication of that reality, I like to remind myself that the end of our Lenten journey – Easter Sunday where we are all born anew. Like the ashes who were once part of a living palm they will once again be recycled into another living plant, animal, or even a human.

Lent is about dusting of the dirt, dust, and cobwebs that have grown attached to our soul. We use Lent as a form of spring cleaning of the heart, soul, mind, and body so we are ready to go forth come Easter doing the Lord’s work. It’s not going to be easy, life never is, but worthwhile it is.

 

 

About the author

Webb Hubbell, former Associate Attorney General of The United States, is an author and speaker. 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.

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