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Ashes Rising

Ashes Rising

By HD Fuller

I found myself sitting in an Ash Wednesday service tonight overwhelmed with…. joy? Well, that’s a new one on me!

Listening to the words of Chris Tomlin, “…before my God, fall on my knees, and rise…”, the image that leapt to mind was that of my little Ladybug, on her knees, bouncing, arms raised to her loving Papa, face aglow with the joy of the inevitable embrace… the raising up to safety and love.

I am filled with nothing but joy. Even in the very confession of sins is joy today… for the ashes of death are unavoidable, but the ashes of sins consumed and blown away are equally inevitable and eternal.

God bless you all this Ash Wednesday, as you release to God what only he can consume. I pray that you feel not the weight, but the lifting thereof.

Amen.

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