“Yet even now,” declares the Lord, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning; and rend your hearts and not your garments.” Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love; and he relents over disaster. - Joel 2:12-13

This Wednesday, March 6, is Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. Lent is a season of penitence and renewal for all Christians. Lenten season is a time of when we meditate on our need for a savior and renew our commitment to Christ in daily repentance, knowing that Christ conquered death and sin. During this lenten season, let us focus on the gospel truth as we journey together in our scripture reading (Deuteronomy and Joshua) and prayer. If you have not been reading along with us, this season would be a good time to start. Do not try to catch-up. Simply read the text and let Scripture transform your heart and soul. Isaiah the prophet said,

“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven
and do not return there but water the earth,
making it bring forth and sprout,
giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater,
so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth;
it shall not return to me empty,
but it shall accomplish that which I purpose,
and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it (55:10–11).

May God bless you richly as you return to Him and rend your hearts. Remember, by God’s saving grace we are dead to sin and alive in Christ!