February 26, 2020
In just a few moments ashes will be placed on our foreheads and we will hear the familiar words: “Remember you are dust and to dust you shall return.”
Kind of a dark statement on the surface. But riding just below the surface is a hope that is profound and the bedrock of our Christian faith: new beginnings spring from endings; new life comes from death.
Ash Wednesday marks a new beginning, a new opportunity, another chance, a fresh start, a “do over.” It is a proclamation that even the smallest of steps can initiate that new beginning. Quiet moments of prayer that only God hears. Small acts of charity that not even your right hand knows what your left hand is doing. The seemingly insignificant choices of fasting, doing without and letting go will be seen by God.
Lent helps us remember that we have a lot of living to do. Lent helps us remember that in life we are constantly being called back to God. Lent helps us remember that we can do better. Lent helps us remember that the most important relationship of our life is our relationship with God. Every other good thing flows from that, even out of ashes.