Then I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not hide my iniquity; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,” and you forgave the guilt of my sin.
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A colleague of mine wrote eloquently about Ash Wednesday remarking on the honesty of it. It is true. There is an honesty to Ash Wednesday like none other. Those who are sick of mind and soul, who are weary of life, lean into death. Those who live in denial of death, lean away from it. Ash Wednesday is a day of standing still. Neither leaning toward or away just accepting the truth of it. We are dust and to dust we shall return. It is in standing still, in accepting our mortality, in looking at the guilt sitting heavy on our souls that we can see more clearly the other truth. We belong to God.
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Today, Lord, we remember what we are and who you are and why that matters. Amen.