March 6, 2019
What I am Thinking About
It is Ash Wednesday – you may or may not know what that is, but likely at some point in your life you have seen someone walking around with a sooty mark on their foreheads. It is the day when Christians around the world begin their journey through the Lenten season of the church year. Lent is the 40 days (plus 6 Sundays) that lead up to Easter and is a time of humility, of remembering our humanity (and fallibility and mortality), and learning.
A couple of years ago I was at a public meeting after I had received ashes, and someone across the room from me kept trying to get my attention, then mouthing the words, you’ve got dirt on your face! Dirt! There! I smiled, and nodded, I know I mouthed back. I found myself looking at the face of a very perplexed man – head tilted, brow furrowed, huh? look. After the meeting was over, I explained the what and why of receiving ashes to him…I am not sure if he understood better, but I did…I better understood why I would carry on all day with the smear of soot on my forehead.
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