Ash Wednesday Reflection

Reflections by Annette Roux, Retired Pastoral Associate

Lord, you have been our refuge through all generations. Before the mountains were born, the earth and the world brought forth, from eternity to eternity you are God. You turn humanity back into dust saying, "Return you children of Adam!"        Psalm 90: 1-3


On Ash Wednesday, we are all once again made mindful of the dust, the ashes from which we were created. With egos in check, we become keenly cognizant of our weaknesses and frailties. And we are humbly grateful for the wondrous mixture of dust and divinity that God has formed in each of us. The ashes beseech us never to lose sight of how temporal and how fleeting life really is. The writer of Psalm 90 says that human life is like grass that flourishes in the morning but is dried and withered by evening.  All in the span of one brief metaphorical day, As we continue the observance of Lent, let us be mindful of our imminent mortality. Let us repent for being reckless, negligent and sometimes ungrateful for this precious gift of life. And from this day forward, let us never take another day for granted.


Prayer: Dear God we acknowledge our weakness and we rejoice in the strength we have in you, now and forever.    Amen