Let The Ashes Fall

Yes, we are mortal and life is fragile. The ashes of Ash Wednesday remind us of this fact. I’m curious if we might also be able to see the ashes in a slightly different way in addition to the “dust to dust” symbolism. What if the ashes also represented the sin in our lives that we allowed the holy love of God to burn away from us?

Scripture talks about God as one who refines us, like a refiner’s fire that burns away all of the impurities. As we begin this journey through Lent, which is a season of repentance, what might it look like for you and me to allow the love, grace, and holiness of God to burn away the sin in our lives? What if the ashes of Ash Wednesday were all that remain of the things that God was purifying us of? When will we be done with the things in our lives that cause us hurt, frustration, and isolation and simply let them fall to the ground?

“Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” ~Psalm 51:10

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