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“Ashes”

“For you were made from dust, and to dust you will return.” (Genesis 3:19)

 “…earth to earth, ashes to ashes to ashes, dust to dust.” (An Order for the Burial of the Dead, The Common Book of Prayer, The Church of England).

                         

Sooner or later we all run aground on the rocky shore of our own limits.  We find out that we are NOT as someone once famously said, ‘the master of my fate; the captain of my soul.’  We are especially aware of this reality when we experience things like a dispiriting illness, a death of someone close to us or a dream unfulfilled. 

Today is Ash Wednesday.  It marks the official beginning of the season of Lent in the church calendar year.  It is a sobering marker during which we are to reflect on our limits, notably our mortality.  We all must face the truth that we have a limited time to live on this earth.  The aim of Ash Wednesday is to give us the necessary space to lament our frailty but also to remind us of our need to daily turn to the Saviour who can rescue us, Jesus Christ.

Ash Wednesday may feel like a heavy day to mark but we do remember where it leads.  Ash Wednesday begins that 40-day period of preparation in advance of Good Friday and Easter.  Ash Wednesday begins our retracing of a journey toward the One who rescues us from the powers of sin and darkness through his death and resurrection. 

Today we also remember the ultimate truth that through Jesus Christ we receive a new and eternal life filled with the endless, limitless love of God! 

To listen to the song “Dust We Are and Shall Return” offered by the musical duo THE BRILLIANCE, click on the following … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jc-eX8O088U