Just then the light bulb in my brain turned on. I had forgotten that earlier in the day the school’s chapel service included the imposition of ashes. Students came forward to have the sign of the cross made on their foreheads with ashes and a remembrance of their mortality spoken to them. “For dust you are, and to dust you shall return.”
Ash Wednesday is a reminder that our sin leads only to death, but Christ’s death and resurrection give us new life. It begins the season of Lent where the Church walks with Jesus to the cross. We do so with humility and repentance, leaning only on the grace of God. And we ask Him to continually shape and mold us into the image of Christ as we trace His steps to our redemption.
Our Christian Faith might not always be as easy to see as a black cross on our foreheads, but we pray that the Lord would give us opportunities to let others see Christ through our words and actions. Then they can trace the steps of our Savior with us to a cross, an empty tomb, and eternal life.