Ash Wednesday was yesterday, which is the beginning of the Lenten season for us. Two years ago I was challenged to give something, rather than "give up" something. I managed to send out 40 cards to friends and family - simply to let them know that we were thinking and praying for them during Lent that year. I was amazed at the feedback that simple act received. At one time I had planned to do the same this year, but our trip changed that.
Instead, I found a Lenten photo challenge. This will give me a reason to use the camera with a purpose and do double duty as part of my photo -of-the-day work. I have a list of 40 words that will help me focus my attitude during the next six weeks, I hope. My challenge will be to find a photo for each word that illustrates what I am thinking. I have two friends who are also doing a Lenten photo challenge, but it seems that we each have a different list to follow.
Day 1: DUST - I immediately thought of our front steps. I have always been fearful of falling on ice and several years ago I had a concussion from a fall. (We were in St. Louis to help my father who broke his hip when he slipped on a patch of ice.) This dirty, messy dust has made it much easier for me to go down our front steps during this most recent ice/snow.
God watches over each of us all the time, as He provided this dusty ash to protect me.