Ashes, Ashes, We All Fall Down – Lenten Day 1

Posted: February 18, 2015 in Lent, Uncategorized, When Church Hurts
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“I tell you the past is a bucket of ashes, so live not in your yesterdays, nor just for tomorrow, but in the here and now.  Keep moving and forget the post mortems; and remember, no one can get the jump on the future.” – Carl Sandburg

I always looked forward to Ash Wednesday. To Lent.  To the giving up of something tangible, real, depended upon, loved.  Or to the taking upon of something noble, worthwhile, secret, sacrificial.

There was something sacred about the scrape of thumb first down and then right to left across the forehead; something sobering about seeing the smears in the mirror before washing up for bed.

There was something mindful about the remembering throughout each moment of each day that a commitment had been made.  To remember.  To do.  Or to not do.  Or to undo.

This year, as last, there are no ashes.  No smears in the mirror.  No quiet sanctuary filled with sober faces.  This year, as last, there is something more sacred.  More real.  More secret.  More sacrificial. More noble.  More worthwhile.

This year, there is more than remembering.  There is forgetting.  There is more than giving up.  There is fullness.  There is more than longing for resurrection.  There is contentment in salvation as it is.  Here.  Now.

Behold, all things have been made new.  Every moment.  From the moment He came.  To make it so.  No more sorrow.  No more pain.  No more yearning for something more.  More is here.

And so not ashes, but sacred embracing.  Moment by moment.


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