March 10, 2011

Ash Wednesday: Frail & Glorious

Yesterday I was able to make the sign of the cross with ash on a few foreheads and say these words:
“From dust you have come, to dust you will return.
Repent and believe the Good News.
In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.”

As my fingers made the shape of the cross out of ash, I am reminded of our human condition: frail and glorious [from Macrina Wiederhehr—A Tree Full of Angels].
My human condition: dust…..
I am frail and small.  And yet within me is the glorious God who breathes life into me that is eternal.
My life is glorious now as I am living in heaven here on earth. Not because it’s easy or perfect, but because I am in the eternal heart of Christ.

My life is dust, but for Christ.
Frail and glorious.
Small and eternal.
Forgotten and begotten.
Dead and alive.

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