Think about the times that you’ve seen, made, or touched ashes. What did they look like? How did they smell? Ashes come from burning something: A pile of wood, a piece of paper, a cigarette. But ashes aren’t the same as glowing embers, or a blazing fire. They’re not hot, not alive, not yellow-orange. Ashes
I pray that you will make space in your life for this season to offer its gifts to you. Lent is not a punishment for sin, but a call to return to the abundant life God desires for you and for the whole creation.
MEDITATION ON ASH WEDNESDAY by Gregory Holmes Singleton Glitter tossed in the trash, Pancakes consumed; Now we awaken midweek To hear and speak truth: “We are in bondage to sin, And we cannot free ourselves.” And so we begin again. Before we receive We will declare, “Domine non sum dignus!” Weeks hence, As altar stands