The Greatest Sacrifice And Ash Wednesday!

by Kathy Sykes on February 15, 2010 · 1 comment


Everyone knows that I am the wife of a Baptist minister but not everyone knows that I was raised Catholic all of my life. It was not until I met my husband 7 years ago that I ever considered changing denominations. For me, my relationship with God has always been personal but not as intimate as I wanted it to be. So, when I met my husband, it gave me more focus and incentive to explore that spiritual relationship more deeply.

Even though I have changed denominations, the traditions that I grew up with are still very much a part of me. This Wednesday will be Ash Wednesday which is the beginning of the Lenten Season which focuses on the death of Christ…..THE GREATEST SACRIFICE ANYONE HAS GIVEN TO HUMANKIND!

It has become tradition that Catholics fast on Ash Wednesday and then sacrifice meat on Fridays. But in addition to those sacrifices, I also “give up” something else for the season (which lasts until Easter). Whatever is given up should be something that is a “true” sacrifice to your lifestyle so that you can take your focus off of “that thing” and put the focus on the greatest sacrifice.

I have not decided what I will be forgoing for this Lenten season but I will be sacrificing something in order to gain more, spiritually, in the end. Sometimes pruning needs to take place in your life in order for new insights into the direction of your future to be revealed.

Whether you participate in the Lenten season or not, there are huge benefits in learning how to sacrifice in life. Why not “try” something new this year and see where true sacrifice can take you.



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Mela Kamin February 26, 2010 at 7:32 pm

Kathy – loved hearing about your background. I grew up not going to church, though I knew my parents believed … at home and from friends, I was hearing about Him, but not knowing Him. I started “going to church” after meeting my husband in college, But, it wasn’t until about 7 years ago that I started actively trying to “be the church” and put feet to my faith as a follower of Christ.

This is a great reminder; I don’t want this to be another Lenten season where it’s a blur and we haven’t learned anything new about ourselves or God, through digging deep in response to His amazing sacrifice for us.

Blessings to you!


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