Ash Wednesday 2021

What does God do with dust?

He breathes upon it and creates new life.

As Chrysostom said: “Dust now sits at the right hand of God.”*

This was the theme of the Ash Wednesday service last night at the First United Methodist Church in Kirksville (our family’s home church, which has been a wonderful presence of grace to us throughout the pandemic).

This year for Lent, Candace and I are reading aloud Tish Warren’s Prayer in the Night, using it to pray compline; and reading Malcolm Guite’s Word in the Wilderness, in company with a Rabbit Room reading group.


* See Gerrit Dawson, Jesus Ascended (2004).

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