Friday, February 13, 2015 6:12 AM

Love And Ashes

Friday, February 13, 2015 6:12 AM
Friday, February 13, 2015 6:12 AM

February 20, 2015

The next few days holds three interesting things that are not often merged in our thoughts. 

The first is Valentine's Day – a fictional holiday that is a perfect excuse for those that have a significant other to be romantic.  In my family, Valentine's Day has always been about more than a significant other. Growing up, we began the day with coffee cake (in the shape of a heart) and exchanged homemade valentines to each other. This was a way that our parents taught us that love is worth celebrating. 

The second event is our Columbarium Dedication.  What is a columbarium?  It is a place for cremated remains to have a final resting spot on our beautiful campus. Click here for more information.  After church services on Sunday, we will have a short service dedicating the Columbarium.  Many of our church members have already bought their niches. I expect when people see how beautiful the site is, many more will sign up. As each niche holds two remains, it is a place for you to rest next to someone that you love. 

We also have Ash Wednesday coming up. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the time in the church calendar where we start focusing on Jesus’ turn to the cross.  (For fun, we also have a pancake supper the night before at the church, and you can sign up online.)  On Wednesday, we as a church will gather together to recognize our mortality and to have ashes placed upon our forehead with the statement “From dust we have come and to dust we shall return.” 

So what does this all mean?  What lesson is to be learned from the convergence of all three?  For me, it reminds me that all mortal flesh and material things shall one day come to an end, but in the end, love prevails. Everything will die, but the love of God is more powerful than death.

I’m convinced that nothing can separate us from God’s love in Christ Jesus our Lord:not death or life, not angels or rulers, not present things or future things, not powers or height or depth, or any other thing that is created.”  (Romans 8:38-39)

This weekend, celebrate Valentine’s Day with the knowledge that love comes from God. When you worship this week, remember that God, who made us from dust, has promised everlasting life.  And such love cannot end.

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