The Inner Work of Ash Wednesday
During the winter of my freshman year of college, I went into the dining hall for lunch. As usual, a half dozen women in official uniforms were standing behind the counter, ready to serve the students.Read Article
Dust in the Wind: A Devotion for Ash Wednesday
On Ash Wednesday, Christians throughout the world acknowledge our dustiness, our sinfulness, our mortality.Read Article
How Does Ash Wednesday Relate to Our Work?
By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread until you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; you…Read Article
What Is Ash Wednesday?
How Do We Observe It? Why Should We?
What is Ash Wednesday? What is Ash Wednesday? For most of my life, I didn’t ask this question, nor did I care about the…Read Article
Dust You Are and to Dust You Will Return
“Dust you are and to dust you will return.” To me, that’s one of the most familiar lines in all of Scripture. I’ve said this very thing to individuals at least 2,000 times throughout my life. Now, if you’re not familiar with Christian practices related to Ash Wednesday, it probably sounds odd to you. Why would anyone say such a thing to people, not to mention thousands of times? But, if you have participated in an Ash Wednesday service, you realize that when I said to people, “Dust you are and to dust you will return” is in the context of imposing ashes on the foreheads of worshipers.Read Article
How Does Ash Wednesday Relate to Our Work? Part 3
Today is the last of three devotions that respond to the question: How does Ash Wednesday relate to our work? Though the official recognition of Ash Wednesday happened two days ago, the fact of our mortality – the central meaning of the holiday – remains. We may not have ashes on our foreheads today, but we are still made from dust, and to dust we will return.Read Article
How Does Ash Wednesday Relate to Our Work? Part 2
Both holy ashes on Ash Wednesday and on-the-job frustrations in the present, point in the same ultimate direction – to Jesus, to his saving death on Good Friday and his victorious resurrection on Easter.”Read Article
How Does Ash Wednesday Relate to Our Work? Part 1
Ash Wednesday reminded me – and still reminds me – that death is one of the great “levelers” in our world. No matter how powerful or wealthy you might be, no matter how influential your leadership, you will die, just like every other human being.Read Article