Ash Wednesday 2017

palm leaves

By Beth A. Richardson

These days, the fabric of the world is shredded.
We are coming unraveled in hatred and division.
So many voices are raised in fear, in anger,
We can hardly hear the Spirit who calls to us.

We enter this season of ashes and sackcloth
Standing before the Holy in our brokenness.
Heal us, God of mercy, of our hardened hearts,
Our judging natures, our fears of The Other.

Walk with us, God of Love, through deserts of hopelessness,
Stay with us through valleys of brokenness.
Take us, God of Love, and transform us
As we find the path that leads to resurrection. Amen.

Permission is granted for use in corporate setting. Copyright © 2017 The Upper Room. Used with permission.

Beth A. Richardson (, managing editor of Alive Now, is the author of Christ Beside Me, Christ Within Me: Celtic Blessings. Beth has the honor of sharing her life with her spouse and two pups, Jack the Scottie and Arya the Porch Dog.