The Imposition of Ashes
Don’t let your ASHES be the remains of what once “was”, let them be the POWDER of a presence that always “is”, and the DUST in the Wind of a new creation that “is to come.”
The Smudge & the Smear
The ashes upon your brow are smudged into the crevices of your decaying flesh in the very same spot that the anointing oil is artistically smeared into the pours of your delicate skin upon your initiation into the community of the King at your baptism.
In one and same space you are graced with both resurrection and then crucifixion. Neither one in its totality nor in its brutality, but none the less in the reality of the Way, the Truth and the Life of Jesus the Messiah and his followers.
Both the Oil and the Ashes mark you “as Christ’s own forever.” Nothing can separate us from the love of Christ.
Like the name of a specialty store, the church could be called “Oil & Ash”
YOU in the dirt and dignity of your whole being are the Sacrament of his Presence.
Beauty for Ashes
Artists work with a diversity of mediums…clay, paint, fabric, metals, light, glass, pencil, sound…but The Artist who put you together works with ASHES.
He gives you Beauty for Ashes!
His works are on display everywhere, everyday and in every one.
The work in each of us is on display in very unique ways and at various stages along the way.
You can and should be careful how you contribute to every mannequin of dust and clay so that you can be a part of the restoration of beauty in someone’s life today.