Lent/Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday Meditation – Prayerful Tuesday

Ash Wednesday Meditation – Prayerful Tuesday

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“Therefore I despise myself, and repent in dust and ashes.” Job: 42:6 “You desire truth in the inward being; therefore teach me wisdom in my secret heart.” Psalm 51:6 Tomorrow is Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent.  Growing up in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) tradition I knew about Ash Wednesday but the community I worshiped in didn’t celebrate it.  It wasn’t until I was an adult, and living in California, that I really understood that having a smudge of ashes on my forehead meant repentance.  Repentance is not just saying sorry, it means examining my past behavior and then changing what I do in the world, turning my actions around to behave as the faithful follower of Jesus I wish to be. And unless I begin the process of change, or at least try to repen

feast days of the heart

Joy, Lent/Ash Wednesday
the gentle coasting of a blue dragonfly, and this, the pulsing peace of a quiet afternoon, Bach on the radio, dinner simmering on the stove of my tranquility, my day chasing night, my night chasing day, rhythms caressing my face, love-bites on the leg of my being, heart beating at one with the ocean sighs and only gratitude for the gift of life, no more scandalized by the news of death, baptism into heaven, whatever that may be, but the reports center on Kiev, Syria, Palestine, Afghanistan - easy to foment flash-points for horror easier to forget just how sweet it is to breath with the sun and grow with the cypress bending by the shore, obeisance to the seas and sky and living on the edge of Eternity: time to give it up, give up strife for Lent, only celebrate resurrections with steaming s...