"Everyone Farts!" Said the boy with the widest grin a 5 year old can give. This always makes us reflect his smile!
I'm reminded of his statement on this Ash Wednesday as mere truth! A fact of life. A fact that is not always pleasing, but still brings happiness!
Why do you say? Because it reminds me of sin. Sin is much like a fart...it stinks, we all suffer from it (directly and indirectly), it is sometimes noticed by others, and sometimes it's not; but it's still there. When we declare it and repent, it brings much joy! And I think 'Thank God, who shows us mercy and love when we are at our worst!' That IS something to smile about!
We had a past pastor who used to always say (in a natural, monotone voice, which also made us smile), "Have a happy Lent." The joy of lent comes wrapped in suffering AND hope of new life! Again, something to smile about! May His grace carry us forward as we repent, pray, fast and give alms during this season and beyond!
Did I say SMILE? 😁