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Today, my forehead bears a mysterious ash mark, a symbol of repentance and seeking God’s forgiveness and also a reminder of my mortality and hope of eternal life through Jesus Christ.

My incoming tweets also bear a mysterious mark. The hashtag (#)

The Bible tells us in Joel 2:12, 13: “…Turn to me now, while there is time. Give me your hearts. Come with fasting, weeping, and mourning. Don’t tear your clothing in your grief, but tear your hearts instead.” Return to the LORD your God, for he is merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. He is eager to relent and not punish.”

Now that’s good news!

The news about hashtags? Google tells me the # symbol, called a hashtag, is used to mark keywords or topics in a Tweet. It’s a way to categorize messages. You can use the hashtag symbol before relevant keywords in your Tweet to categorize Tweets in Twitter Searches. Clicking on a hashtagged word in any message will show you all other Tweets in that category. You can use them anywhere in the tweet and often these hashtagged words become Trending Topics. An example is @hollymichael #writingstraight.com.

Now, I understand that #writingstraight.com is now a link to search results for all Tweets containing “#writingstraight.com” in the message. While I’d love for my blog to become a trending topic and have eternal life, I’m even more excited about me, Holly Michael, having eternal life.