Feb 3, 2012

The Gift of Ashes

Here’s a thoughtful introduction to the imposition of ashes on Ash Wednesday (February 22, 2012).  It comes from the Rex A.E. Hunt website.

The Ashes

Ash Wednesday invites us to come back to earth.
To wonder at the gift of life,
my life
our life
with the earth, the shared body of our existence.

These ashes were once trees and shrubs,
and places where life was lived to its fullest.
Once they were full of life.
Now they are black and grey.
Dry.
Lifeless.

But mixed with the waters of our baptism make good fertiliser:
it will help the seeds of the gospel take deeper root in us
and bring forth the fruits,
the harvest of justice, peace, and generosity.

These are ashes worth wearing.

May we accept this gift.  And be blessed.
And be assured we will be different at the end of this season.
For from the burnt ashes will spring the green shoot of life
and the purple flower of attentiveness to God.

— from A Liturgy for Ash Wednesday, on the Rex A.E. Hunt website. http://www.rexaehuntprogressive.com/
To see the entire liturgy, click here. 

For other worship resources for Ash Wednesday (February 22, 2012), click on Ash Wednesday in the list of “Labels” at the lower right side of the page.