Today was both and I wish my birthday always fell on Ash Wednesday. Growing up I did not observe this day, but today I learned more about the celebration. Or perhaps the better phrase is this day of reflection. On the day of my birth I was able to think about my rebirth in Christ. I was born physically but spiritually dead. I was alive in the human sense, but dead in sin. But because of Christ, not only am I alive currently, but now I am alive spiritually and I will live forever with God! What a blessing that is.
Today I saw more of the depths of my sin. It was ugly and dark. But then I saw the snow come and remind me that because I am in Christ I am covered by His blood that makes me whiter than snow and beautiful. My sin is covered and I am free. Praise God I am free. I am free to live as He has created me to live. I am not perfect, but I can enjoy the life He has given me and know that when I stumble I can come back to Him in repentance and He will restore me. I know He is not done with me yet and that brings me such hope and joy. All I need is Jesus!