.::We Are Dust: Ash Wednesday

Today in the world of Christendom, most people will be observing Ash Wednesday.  It is a good and necessary liturgy that takes the participant back to three very important truths:

1.  “Remember that you are but dust”–In other words, we are CREATED beings, we are NOT the Creator.  One must regularly be reminded that we are not God.  We are brought back to Genesis 1 when God digs up a handful of clay from the earth and breathes his Spirit of Life within us.  The only value we possess is that value which God gives to us, for we are but dust

2.  “And to dust you shall return.”:  We must also remember that we are finite beings.  We are not unlimited in our ability, giftedness, resources, etc.  There was a time when we did not exist and there will come a time when we shall cease to exist on this earth.  This is a call in the liturgy to keep one from getting to big for their britches.

3.  We are Fallen: One of the dangers in not being taken to the places an Ash Wednesday service takes you is that we might far too easily forget that we are fallen beings in desperate needs of God’s Amazing and Infinite Grace.  Ash Wednesday is that Prologue to Lent that allows us to enter into a season of sacrifice, reflection, repentance so that by the time we have journeyd past Palm Sunday, through Calvary and tragedy of Good Friday we can truly celebrate that “He. Is. Risen!”

Plus, which one of us is not guilty of at least one of these transgressions that Ash Wednesday invites us to confess?:

“We have not loved you with our whole heart, and mind, and strength. We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We have not forgiven others, as we have been forgiven.
Have mercy on us, Lord.

We have been deaf to your call to serve, as Christ served us. We have not been true to the mind of Christ. We have grieved your Holy Spirit.
Have mercy on us, Lord.

We confess to you, Lord, all our past unfaithfulness: the pride, hypocrisy, and impatience of our lives,
We confess to you, Lord.

Our self-indulgent appetites and ways, and our exploitation of other people,
We confess to you, Lord.

Our anger at our own frustration, and our envy of those more fortunate than ourselves,
We confess to you, Lord.

Our intemperate love of worldly goods and comforts, and our dishonesty in daily life and work,
We confess to you, Lord.

Our negligence in prayer and worship, and our failure to commend the faith that is in us,
We confess to you, Lord.

Accept our repentance, Lord, for the wrongs we have done: for our blindness to human need and suffering, and our indifference to injustice and cruelty,
Accept our repentance, Lord.

For all false judgments, for uncharitable thoughts toward our neighbors, and for our prejudice and contempt toward those who differ from us,
Accept our repentance, Lord.

For our waste and pollution of your creation, and our lack of concern for those who come after us,
Accept our repentance, Lord.

Restore us, good Lord, and let your anger depart from us;
Favorably hear us, for your mercy is great.

Accomplish in us the work of your salvation,
That we may show forth your glory in the world.

By the cross and passion of your Son our Lord,
Bring us with all your saints to the joy of his resurrection.”

“REMEMBER THAT YOU ARE DUST, AND TO DUST YOU SHALL RETURN”

May you have a rich and reflective Lenten Season this year.

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One Response to “.::We Are Dust: Ash Wednesday”

  1. I did not know you had a blog! I will possibly follow you from time to time…

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