Ash Wednesday is for when all four of your checks hit after the bank closes but before you can put your husband’s check in, including the really big rent check, and they therefore all BOUNCE!
Ash Wednesday is for your four year old child throwing up all over the house, and not quite getting the try to aim for the bowl or the toilet concept
Its for your special needs kid being better focused in class, even as you worry about his continual bad smell
Its for losing your voice on the night the pastor has to lead service
Its for your eldest who is struggling to concentrate getting a good email from the teacher.
Ash Wednesday is to lay out your whole self before God
To confess yourself, not to feel ashamed, but to be able to see yourself as God’s beloved
The very act of owning who you are and your reality, the act of being you as God’s, frees you to be reflective of God.
I confess myself and seek God…because to me, they are the same thing….
Ps 34:4-5 I sought the Lord, and he answered me;
he delivered me from all my fears.
5Those who look to him are radiant;
their faces are never covered with shame.