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Home arrow Articles arrow Stoking the Fire
Stoking the Fire

ImageG.K.Chesterton once said: “Tradition is not the worship of ashes, but the preservation of fire.”  How true!  If the fire is not preserved, empty tradition results.  It’s about “form and meaning.”  Today, so many “forms” remain with “meanings” long since forgotten.  And so, within Christendom itself there is confusion.  What is “Ash Wednesday?”  Is it Biblical?  Why “Lent?”  Is it part of those pre-reformation rituals?  Is it still relevant?  And so on and so forth.  And in the process we lose sight of the main thing:  which is, that after getting to know the Master, we are being changed into persons who must reflect everything that is good and noble and beautiful about God.  That’s exciting stuff, if not a little daunting.  

 

However, for that to happen, introspection must be the mechanism, and that’s where “meaning” comes in.  Ash Wednesday (Biblically, ash has been the outward expression of an inward penitence) and the ensuing Lenten period give us the opportunity, the space and the intentionality to spend the next few weeks taking a good hard look at our lives—our likes, our dislikes; our values, our quiet times; our knowledge of the Word, our prayer lives; our addictive behaviours and our shortcomings, and letting the Spirit of God do a refining, cathartic work in us, so that by the time Easter rolls in we would have had so many close encounters of the Jesus-kind that we would joyfully sing: “Every sin had to go, ‘neath the cleansing flow, Hallelujah, rolled away, rolled away, rolled away, every burden of my heart rolled away.”


Carpé diem, friends—let’s sieze the day (and the next 40!)


Agapé
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