Wednesday, February 10, 2016

40 Days: Day 1: Ash

6"x6" Oil on Panel
with Palette Knife

Today begins the 2016 season of Lent. Ash Wednesday. The season starts with a service where a cross of ashes is drawn onto worshipers foreheads. The words, "From dust you came and to dust you shall return" is proclaimed. We are reminded that we are imperfect, temporary, fragile creatures. It is a very humbling experience. 

But here's another truth. God chose to lovingly take the most meaningless of stuff to create a masterpiece—us.  And flawed and frail as we are—destined to be dust—we are God's beloved. The cross that is placed on our heads also remind us of God's saving love that endures beyond death itself.

In life and in death, we belong to God.

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