(Pastor’s Note: What follows is a piece from five years ago (!) that was not presented with Ash Wednesday in mind; and yet does speak to the need for prayerful penitence as we begin our Lenten journey to the cross of Jesus Christ)
One of my early childhood memories is that of a classroom Halloween party when I was in kindergarten in which I was dressed up as . . . a dog! As I recall, it wasn’t that elaborate as costumes go – just a molded paper mask we’d bought at a neighborhood store, the kind with to holes cut where the eyes are supposed to be, and a rubber band to hold it up to your face. But even now what I remember is that when I put that mask on, I felt transformed! With that mask in place, I was a dog – growling, barking and rescuing wayward children in danger, just like Lassie did on TV (Even at the age of five, you see, I had an over-active imagination!).
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