ĎIn a world that often expects us to be perfect, on Ash Wednesday we freely confess our imperfections. We can let down our pretences and be truly honest with each other about who we are.í ~Mark Roberts
The most obvious question on Ash Wednesday is why do we put dirty ashes on our foreheads today? Itís not a good luck charm but an outward sign that weíre mortal, fragile and merely pilgrims passing through this world. The ashes are a reminder that we are willing to do something positive in our spiritual lives. Today is not about doom, gloom or negativity. Itís a day to celebrate the gift of now and the gift of today. Ash Wednesday reminds us that we donít go on forever and the coming weeks of Lent are an opportunity to delight in the gifts of each and every day. Itís so easy to take everything and everyone for granted. Perhaps today and throughout Lent we can make sure we value whatís really important in our lives.