Vapor, Dust, Ash


Lent began yesterday with Ash Wednesday.

Lent is a 40 day fast leading up to Easter, during which Christians typically abstain from something or take on an additional spiritual practice in order to grow closer to God and neighbor. Ash Wednesday is the day we remember our mortality – dust. Just how fleeting our lives really are – vapor. Our sin – ash.

And boy, was I aware of all that yesterday.

I have to admit – yesterday wasn’t a good day for me. I was tired. I wasn’t the most patient. I picked fights with people I love. Ahem, sorry Bill.

My church, Tonganoxie United Methodist Church, hosted an Ash Wednesday service. We read verses from Ecclesiastes, the most depressing yet hopeful book in the Bible, sang sad songs, and received big black ash crosses on our foreheads to seal the deal.

If you ever want a super humbling experience, try leading an Ash Wednesday service and receiving ashes from your spouse after a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.

“You are dust.”

“Yeah, I know.”

If you’re like me – a procrastinator – maybe you’re just now considering observing Lent this year. Or maybe you’re still figuring out what you’re going to give up…and maybe you’ll figure that out a week before Easter. Those lukewarm mainline Christians…

If that’s you, or if you didn’t experience an Ash Wednesday service, or if you did but want to double remember your mortality, check out what TUMC did.

psst – the music is rockin. Check out The Brilliance.

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