"Thereby, the whole congregation was put in mind of the message of pardon and absolution set forth in the Gospel of our Savior, and of the need which all Christians continually have to renew their repentance and faith." ("Ash Wednesday Invitation" from A Book of Common Prayer, page
This prayer from the Lenten Invitation is one of my favorite parts of The Book of Common Prayer. No matter how many times I read it, it always reminds me that all of us who would journey with Jesus are in constant need of renewal. We need to be reminded how important prayer is; to be encouraged to pick up our Bible; to be admonished to let go of something harmful or hurtful that we keep clinging to.
We continually need reminding that to have a relationship with God, we must place that relationship at the center of our lives. And each time the season of Lent rolls around, we are invited to do just that.
We cannot always predict where our inspiration will come from. Sometimes we find it where we expect to; sometimes it sneaks up on us. Today my inspiration came from a Jan Richardson poem that showed up unexpectedly: "Rend Your Heart: A Blessing for Ash Wednesday."