Ashes, ashes, we all fall down.
By now most of us know that the delightful little ditty we grew up chanting is really a macabre holdover from the plague times of old. But as I ponder Ash Wednesday and the beginning of the Lenten season I am reminded again and again of that line
Ash Wednesday, the day of repentance, a day when those who observe it are marked with the visible indication that we ALL fall down. Desolation. Destruction. Surrounded by ash. We sin against our families, our friends, our communities and our God. We fall down, and we lie in ashes on the ground and mourn our failure once again.
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