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Dust -- Reposting

Ash Wednesday

Today we put ashes on us -- foreheads or hands -- in the mark of the cross. Most of the ashes we receive are the charred remains of palm branches and stars. It is a complicated day.

Those palm branches were waved with excitement and anticipation as we remembered Jesus triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Like those who were in attendance then, we lived into the story of hope for Jesus to take leadership of our lives and walk us into a new world of justice, equality, care and love. But then Thursday and Friday happened. And just like all of us at times, the followers couldn't handle the risks that are a part of that walk.

And Sunday happened. God's promise that love and hope cannot be destroyed is realized.

The ashes remind us of all of that. And more.

As we receive the ashes we remember too that this dust was the very stuff of God's explosion of love that formed the universe and is the stardust became the soil that God molded into humanity.

We wear ashes in rememb…

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