3/01/2006

Remember that You are Dust

Almighty God, you have created us out of the dust of the earth. Grant that these ashes may be to us a sign of our mortality and penitence, that we may remember that it is only by your gracious gift that we are given everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.
-Ash Wednesday liturgy, Book of Common Prayer
The most powerful thing about this morning's Ash Wednesday service was watching Fr. David place a cross of ash on my 10-month-old son's forehead and whisper “remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” Even little Jonathan was born under the curse. The stain of sin and death touches him also. He may be too young to understand Lent, but he is not too young to need a savior.

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