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Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday

Dear ones,

On this day, we are all little grimy and gritting. We all could use a good dusting out and dusting off. We could all love a little more deeply, share a little more fully of who we are.

For if we do, we might also just find that we are also made of the same stuff as the stars. That the same stuff that makes the splendor of the Grand Canyon, the star streaking across our wishing night sky, is the same stuff that courses through our very being.

Perhaps that is why we are a little too rigid sometimes. We all break and shatter. And yet, under pressure and struggle, we all also discover the things that truly sparkle and shine.

So this season, don’t just see dirt. Don’t just focus upon the things that need “prettied” or “fixing.” See the ways you have already grown. See the ways you already are brilliant. See the ways you can share those with others, so that we might all shine a light upon the shadows of our souls. And together, shine a light into the empty tombs of our world, so we might All discover, new life. New Growth. Resurrection.

Lenten Blessings to you all. And a little Ash Wednesday blessings from one of my favorite poets.

Peace,

Pastor Robyn

 

Blessing the Dust

For Ash Wednesday

 

All those days

you felt like dust,

like dirt,

as if all you had to do

was turn your face

toward the wind

and be scattered

to the four corners

or swept away

by the smallest breath

as insubstantial –

did you not know

what the Holy One

can do with dust?

This is the day

we freely say

we are scorched.

This is the hour

we are marked

by what has made it

through the burning.

This is the moment

we ask for the blessing

that lives within

the ancient ashes,

that makes is home

inside the soil of

this sacred earth.

So let us be marked

not for sorrow.

And let us be marked

not for false humility

or for thinking we are less

than we are

but for claiming

what God can do

within the dust,

within the dirt,

within the stuff

of which the world

is made

and the stars that blaze

in our bones

and the galaxies that spiral

inside the smudge

we bear.

  • Jan Richardson

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