Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Link to a blog post by Jon Ogden::February 24

"Sad Mormon Heaven and Mr. Rogers’ Wager: How a belief in Sad Heaven prevents happiness right now," written by Jon Ogden. Here's the (link)

I like the Mr. Rogers' wager best, btw.

One more thing I'd like to share is a prayer I found in the Book of Common Prayer on page 831, it is prayer #54 entitled, "For those we love"
Almighty God, we entrust all who are dear to use to thy never-failing care and love, for this life and the life to come, knowing that thou art doing for them better things than we can desire or pray for; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Have a wonderful day! I like you just the way you are! :)
♥ Melody

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The Imposition of Ashes / Ash Wednesday

Steve, Michael, & I at Ash Wednesday Services last year

I missed The Imposition of Ashes / Ash Wednesday Service today, so I read through it on my own. I can't get through it without tears. The love that God has for us is so great; it is a gift of grace, unearned and undeserved.

If you'd like to read through, I highly recommend it. Liturgy is a beautiful ritual. Click (here) for the link to the service.

(Here) is a video of The Imposition of Ashes taken to the streets of New York City.

Lent is such a wonderful way to lean into the darkness of life knowing that light, resurrection, and hope lies just around the corner.

Here are two wonderful articles about helping children (and perhaps even yourself) understand Lent a little better and appreciate it a little more:

"Talking With Kids About the Hard Stuff in Lent", by Ben Irwin (click here)

"Why Grow Christians?", by Nurya Love Parish (click here)

♥ Melody