Blessed Ash Wednesday, friends. Whatever your day hold today, may it hold a deep awareness of your own beloved dust-ness. Here is a blessing by Jan Richardson to begin this day, this season: "Blessing the Dust" For Ash Wednesday All those days you felt like dust, like dirt, as if all you had to do was turn your face toward the wind and be scattered to the four corners or swept away by the smallest breath as insubstantial— did you not know what the Holy One can do with dust? This is the day we freely say we are scorched. This is the hour we are marked by what has made it through the burning. This is the moment we ask for the blessing that lives within the ancient ashes, that makes its home inside the soil of this sacred earth. So let us be marked not for sorrow. And let us be marked not for shame. Let us be marked not for false humility or for thinking we are less than we are but for claiming what God can do within the dust, within the dirt, within the stuff of which the world is made and the stars that blaze in our bones and the galaxies that spiral inside the smudge we bear. ____ So, friends, may you know just a bit of "what the Holy One can do with dust" today. As we begin this journey with Jesus through the wilderness to the final days of his life on earth, may you have a deep sense of just how beautiful and holy a thing it is to be human, to be dust held in the hand of the Creator, breathed into and beloved.

Posted by Jamie Bonilla at 2022-03-02 14:35:41 UTC