Lent Day 1 - Ash Wednesday

Reflection for Day 1 of Lent

Ash Wednesday



"By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return.” ~ Genesis 3:19 - 19


We are fragile, fallible, fallen human beings. From the moment we emerge from our mother’s womb, we begin the process of dying. To think that one day we will be nothing but ashes is a pretty grim reality. Not surprisingly many of us avoid facing this truth. It is not something we want to reflect on or speak about or even read. After all, when we begin to sense how near to nothing we are, we can easily find ourselves in despair. Being born to die is not good news. However, the fact that we are marked by the sign of the cross tells us we are infinitely more than dust. We are God’s beloved, and nothing – not even death – can separate us from the love of God through Jesus Christ. Our dust is charged with God’s own life-sustaining and death-defeating breath. We are beloved dust.

Daily Practice

Go outside and pick up a handful of soil. As you do this, focus on these symbols: dust and the cross. Even when you wash off the dust from your forehead, remember the reality of your identity – you are dust redeemed by the cross.


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