Dusty Origin

by Beth A Richardson on March 1, 2017 · 2 comments


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Wednesday, March 1. Ash Wednesday. Today marks the beginning of Lent. The ashes remind us that we came from dust, like Adam and Eve. How is a reminder of your mortality comforting? challenging? Offer the prayer for today on p. 42. Listen to Audio Lectio for Ash Wednesday.

Share your thoughts.

Words from the Word: Yet death exercised dominion from Adam to Moses, even over those whose sins were not like the transgression of Adam, who is a type of the one who was to come.
– Romans 5:14, NRSV

Lectionary Texts:

Audio Lectio: Pray the scripture using audio lectio from Matthew 4:1-11.

Spiritual Tools: As we begin Lent, practice your faith by joining in an Ash Wednesday service. Read the prayer for Ash Wednesday.

Art Credit: Chagall, Marc, 1887-1985. Adam and Eve, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. http://diglib.library.vanderbilt.edu/act-imagelink.pl?RC=54653 [retrieved February 1, 2017]. Original source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/abeppu/3816721814/.

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mary March 1, 2017 at 7:37 am

Lately it isn’t just on Ash Wednesday that I am reminded of my mortality. It is the mortality of family members and friends that make it all too real. I am not sure why I thought I would escape what comes along with aging: fatigue, aches and pains, and medical issues. However, I console myself with what I have learned and discovered in my 60 years on this earth. This week is my 60th birthday, which feels a little surreal as well. The last ten years have flown by so quickly that it doesn’t seem like any time has passed. And yet, in the last 10 years, we welcomed a grandson, I found my dream job, and I have never been happier. Growing up, the ashes were placed on my forehead with the admonition: “remember, you are dust and onto dust you shall return”. Even as a child that was a sobering message. And now, as an adult ( well, senior citizen) I know that it is true, but not to be feared.

Paula Clapp March 1, 2017 at 7:39 am

Beautiful prayer. Simple and honest. Thank you.

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