Tonight I attended an Ash Wednesday service at my church. Somber and reflective but ultimately so very life affirming.
Today begins the season of Lent, a time of 40 days leading up to Easter. It is an opportunity to look within ourselves to see what needs changing and healing. In the earliest centuries, when Christians sinned and were sorry, they would often put ashes on their heads as a symbol for their grief and regret.
Today the ashes remind us that we are creatures of the earth, and that we have a limited time upon this planet. They also remind us of new life, and the ground from which new plants grow.
“It is from dust you came, and it is to dust you shall return, but your spirit is eternal.”
May we live our lives fully, with great appreciation for all our days.