Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Ashes, ashes, we all fall down...

You know, I never thought much about this little rhyme before, but it has significance for Ash Wednesday. When you went to church today (I'm assuming here), and received the ashes on your forehead in the shape of a cross, the pastor probably said something like this: "Ashes you are and to ashes you shall return."

There it is: we're all just a bunch of ashes, and at the end of our lives here, we, too, will all fall down. But the good news is that even though we're nothing but ashes, we're so very much alive because Jesus paid the price for our sins. Sure, we'll all return to the ashes we started as, but we're living ashes. What a paradox!

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