Blessing the Dust

Lent has begun.  It was Ash Wednesday the other day. Today is Leap Day - and wouldn't it be nice if we could just leap over the difficult stuff? The struggles, the journey to the cross with Jesus? 

I guess it would be cool to skip the hard parts of life, but without the hard would the "easy" really be better? Probably not. Besides Jesus promises to be with us in the good and the bad - I'd rather have Jesus, right? 

Here's a piece to help us consider the blessing in the ashes. 

BLESSING THE DUST
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.
—Jan Richardson from "Circle of Grace"

Happy Leap Day! We'll be looking for you tomorrow at 10:00 am as we gather to worship, 

Grace be with you, 

Vikki

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