dave and i went to an ash wednesday service this afternoon put on by new life down town. it was rich with tradition, but in a fresh way that dave and i both appreciated. life before christ was brutal, harsh, impossible, really. and to remember all that christ took upon himself in his walk to the cross is very somber, but you know what's amazing? all of that darkness and harshness and death, even, died with him on that cross. when he arose, he brought LIFE and JOY and HOPE. there is now NO CONDEMNATION. we repent, not in order to gain forgiveness, but because we are indescribably thankful for the grace and mercy and forgiveness he has ALREADY shown us.
it is done.
it is finished.
we are no longer sinners, but saints clothed in His righteousness.
i can hardly take it in.
what a beautiful time of year this is. i can't wait to introduce some new traditions with the kids tonight.
avery finished her first life of fred book. (these are fun living math books that avery can do on her own while i work with ash or ian...love them).
she chose ice cream sandwiches for her treat!
you will not be sorry if you watch this.