Ash Wednesday 1


Jonathan Holle

Proverbs 6:6-9
College is a time for sloth. Students are expected to excel in the classroom and be conscious of their own futures, building toward them with extracurricular activities, jobs, and internships while also maintaining a pleasant attitude and robust social sphere. It is absolutely exhausting. It makes perfect sense that so many students spend what little free time they have sleeping, bingeing television, or playing video games. But just because it makes sense, doesn’t mean that it’s right. We learn the importance of rest in Genesis, and we maintain the sabbath tradition to this day, but there is a difference between rest and folly. Proverbs 6 makes the distinction clear: work as the ant does, relentlessly, wisely, and without the need for an earthly overseer. Trust in the Lord with your work.

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank you for the opportunity you give us to remember your sacrifice through a season of fasting. Help us this Lent to distinguish between a holy rest and mundane folly. Bring us closer to you through our fasting. We pray for wisdom, guidance, and strength. We love you, Lord. Help us to become more aware of your love.


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