Ash Wednesday

"For us to see the beauty of Easter we must see the agony of Good Friday." ~ Pj

Today is Ash Wednesday, and I, along with all Christianity, begin my 40 Day Journey (not including Sundays) to Easter! As I prepare my heart to be receptive to God’s voice, I offer up this Franciscan blessing: 

May God bless you with discomfort. Discomfort at easy answers, half truths, and superficial relationships, so that you may live deep within your heart. Amen

May God bless you with anger. Anger at injustice, oppression and exploitation of people, so that you may work for justice, freedom and peace. Amen

May God bless you with tears. Tears to shed for those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation and war, so that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and turn their pain into joy. Amen

May God bless you with foolishness. Enough foolishness to believe that you can make a difference in this world, so that you can do what others claim cannot be done. Amen

And the blessing of God, who creates, redeems and sanctifies, be upon you and all you love and pray for this day, and forever more. Amen


3 thoughts on “Ash Wednesday

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    • Thanks! Oh my goodness, that is a loaded question… currently I attend a non-denominational church but have the following backgrounds: Catholic, Pentecostal, Mennonite, Baptist, Nazarene. I believe that sums it up. 🙂

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