A beautiful reflection for Ash Wednesday where the focus is clearly not on dividing us all on religious lines but on embracing our humanity and each other at this time of year.
Read: Exodus 35:10-36:38, Matthew 27:32-66, Psalm 34:1-10, Proverbs 9:7-8
So Moses gave the command, and this message was sent throughout the camp: “Men and women, don’t prepare any more gifts for the sanctuary. We have enough!” So the people stopped bringing their sacred offerings. (Exodus 36:6)
Relate: Today is ash Wednesday. It begins the season of Lent. While I haven’t been raised under those denominations that faithfully follow the tradition I understand its purpose and significance. From what I understand at some point today there will be a service where a priest or deacon will rub ash from the cremated remains of last year’s palms (a time of celebration) on the forehead while saying “Remember that thou art dust and to dust thou shalt return.” I want to think on that dust, but first… garbage bags.
I remember opening the door and seeing a garbage bag. It wasn’t one of those tall…
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