Wednesday, February 26, 2020

From Ashes to New Life

Like the mythical Phoenix who obtains new life by arising from the ashes of its predecessor today - ASH WEDNESDAY - the day in churches around the world - when ashes are placed on the foreheads of believers of all ages.  Ashes from the palms waived last year on Palm Sunday - celebrating Jesus' entrance into Jerusalem - now burned and imposed on foreheads - reminding everyone that all is not lost - that new life awaits those with hope.  

As we see those ashes - blessed - imposed on foreheads - smudges of many shapes and forms - one form seen in most - the shape of the cross - the Cross of Christ - heavier at the top or head of the sign - the cross beams in various shapes - many resembling wings - at the sides - all signs of hope.  Hope that this Lent we will do it right - that we will honestly devote more time to prayer - meditation - reflection - on ourselves - our personal relationship with Jesus - His Father - the Holy Spirit.  Lent is very private - a personal time - observed in community - as we consider how we - as an individual - fit into God's plan for ourselves - those around us.  We Fast - We Pray - We Offer to others - that in our sharing - we are able to feel the touch of the Divine - in our life.

In Lent - we arise from the ashes of our past - to New Life

Deacon Dale