“How blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, Who’s sin is covered!” —Psalm 32:1
Today is a day of ashes, a day to remember that we were dust and to dust we shall return. In that, we consider the ends of our nature, the temporal nature of our desires. How does sin so easily entangle? How is it wound into all of us?
In the recognition of our ashenness, we can still find joy in this: Ash Wednesday marks a season of reflection on Christ's march to the cross, his death, burial, and resurrection. In this march, through this march, on the far side of the march, he set everything right--us, earth, heaven, the whole shebang. In this, he took the ash of everything and turned it platinum. So as we remember our ashenness, as we recognize the lusts of the flesh and do what we can to kill them, let's not forget: salvation is coming.
Can you hear it?
“O Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord, Let us shout joyfully to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving, Let us shout joyfully to Him with Psalms.” –Psalm 95:1-2
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