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Ash Wednesday is a day which marks a new beginning for the followers of Jesus around the world. This year, a number of us observed this day while traveling as pilgrims in Jerusalem. Just the day before, we gathered dead palm fronds while visiting the Dead Sea at En Gedi, and later that day we burned them to ash in a bedouin village on the Old Jericho Road. The next day we gathered at The Garden Tomb, and in our worship, experienced these ashes being placed on our foreheads in the symbol of a cross. It was a life-changing moment; a reminder of our mortality. “From dust you were formed . . . and to dust you shall return,” we said. Lent is a time to be reminded that we are, “formed.” We don’t form ourselves, but we are form-ed. As Marlene Knopf notes:

“The hidden corners of our hearts become encrusted with grime or filled with forgotten debris. During the weeks of Lent, God’s Spirit is given opportunity to clear away the clutter, sweep away the dust and wash us clean. We are invited to prepare ourselves— heart, soul, mind, and body—for the new life of Easter.”

Ash Wednesday is a day which marks a new beginning for the followers of Jesus around the world. This year, a number of us observed this day while traveling as pilgrims in Jerusalem. Just the day before, we gathered dead palm fronds while visiting the Dead Sea at En Gedi, and later that day we burned them to ash in a bedouin village on the Old Jericho Road. The next day we gathered at The Garden Tomb, and in our worship, experienced these ashes being placed on our foreheads in the symbol of a cross. It was a life-changing moment; a reminder of our mortality. “From dust you were formed . . . and to dust you shall return,” we said. Lent is a time to be reminded that we are, “formed.” We don’t form ourselves, but we are form-ed. As Marlene Knopf notes:

“The hidden corners of our hearts become encrusted with grime or filled with forgotten debris. During the weeks of Lent, God’s Spirit is given opportunity to clear away the clutter, sweep away the dust and wash us clean. We are invited to prepare ourselves— heart, soul, mind, and body—for the new life of Easter.” 

Still In ONE Peace, 

Jon the Methodist