Ecclesiastes 3:20 NRSV
“All go to one place; all are from the dust, and all turn to dust again.”
I must make a confession. I love the season of Lent. There is something about the Lenten journey from the solemn repentance of Ash Wednesday to the chorus of Alleluias on Easter that centers my faith. I am always grateful for the reminder that I am a sinner, standing in the need of God’s grace, and yet ever-invited to join Jesus on this sacred journey.
Lent is a highly personal journey, and yet it is not about us. We must journey inward to search ourselves, but we must also lose ourselves in that journey. The reminder that we “are dust and to dust we shall return” is offered on Ash Wednesday for us to carry throughout the entire season of Lent. We are mortal, finite, and totally dependent on God to untangle us from the power of sin and death. We must never forget that, nor the love so powerful that it took Jesus to the cross for us and our salvation.
Prayer: Loving God, have mercy on us. We stand in need of your grace, all the while knowing that we are soaked in it. We confess that we have not always been who you have asked us to be and ask for your forgiveness when we have turned from you. Walk with us on this Lenten journey, as we travel inward to search ourselves and forward to meet Jesus at the cross. Cleanse our hearts and teach us your ways so that we move closer to you with each step. Amen.