Ashes to ashes and dust to dues. What we have here will be taken from us but in you there is new creation. In you, there is resurrection in this lifeless pattern. As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be. All of this to the glory of your name, the name of the God whose goodness marks us with more than ashes. The God who marks our life with love and places death under foot.
On this Ash Wednesday, may you mark us once again with the hope that dwells in the midst of our depravity. We rely on you, Lord. May our lives reflect our dependence. Our prayer is in the strong name of the one who entered the space between the ashes--the one who came from heaven, became ashes for us, and triumphed. In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.