Ash Wednesday: Luther’s Morning Prayer

For some Ash Wednesday is a foreign concept.  Putting ashes on a forehead.  Every year my kids look forward to the ashes.  Every year they understand a little bit better why we do it.

Why we put ashes on our head?  As a sign of mortality and repentance.  Mortality because when we die-we become dust again.  Repentance because long ago, when people felt remorse for something they did, they would put ashes on their head and wear “sackcloth” to remind them that sin is pretty uncomfortable and leads to a sort of death of the spirit. It gets put on our fore heads as a cross – a sign of Jesus who takes our sins and makes us clean.  We then take the cross out into the world.

What do you give up?  Many people give up something.  To take that time and put it toward God.  I personally have decided to give in.  Give in to something I have wanted to do.  Give in to helping families at home learn about God and His Word and Grace.  Give in to a fear I have of can I really do it.

So for Lent we are going to dive into Luther’s Small Catechism.  Sure I teach it for confirmation.  But I want to create fun resources for families to use at home.

For the next few days is Luther’s Morning Prayer

I thank You, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, Your dear Son, that you have kept me this night form all harm and danger; and I pray that You would keep me this day also from sin and every evil, that all my doings and life may please You.  For into Your hands I comment myself, my body and soul, and all things.  let your hold angel be with me, that the evil foe have no power over me.  Amen.




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