God, you have made me and know me.
I am empty and find myself in the darkness so dark that I am overwhelmed by its density.
You alone know the thoughts that assault my mind.
You alone know my anxious ways.
You alone know the demands that haunt me unceasingly.
God where are you in all this? You said you would not leave me,
Yet I feel abandoned and exposed.
Rescue me from me.
Quick, God, I can’t wait.
- your Spirit to my rescue in the name of love. Amen.
Juanita Campbell Rasmus, Now Alive
Rend your heart and not your clothing.
Return to the Lord, your God.
For God is gracious and merciful,
Slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, Joel 2:12-13
Ash Wednesday is the beginning of Lent—a day to remember our mortality. Today is also a day to remember our connection to all creation. That we come from dust, and to dust you will return.
If you have not taken time today and the next forty days to return from our wandering ways. Back to the holiness of God. The ashes are a smudge on our heads to know of the need to clean the smudges of sin on our hearts. Over the next forty days be intentional of your habits and actions that separate you from God. Add a practice of prayer to clear the clutter of all we stuff in our lives.
Cary, this Word in your heart,