“Remember you are dust and to dust you shall return.” – Genesis 3:19
Not the most glamorous of church days, Ash Wednesday. Yet it is one that asks us to pause and realize that something is in motion. God is on the move. This week we will begin our Lenten journey for forty days (not including Sundays) along with Jesus who was tempted forty days and nights in the wilderness.
Lent prepares us for the death of Jesus. Lent helps us to recognize that Jesus was truly human and suffered as we do. Lent asks us to be prayerful and reconnect with each other and with God. It asks us to remember that we are God’s own and all that God will do to stay connected to us.
Tonight, at 6:00 p.m. we will worship together. We will be marked with ashes upon our foreheads. A visible reminder of the grace of God’s unwavering love of us. Ashes are not a curse and are not something negative. Rather they are holy as they remind us that God is in love with dust no matter its shape. I hope to see you here in whatever shape you are to celebrate God remembering us as God’s people. Let’s start the journey together.