Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and put a new and right spirit within me.
For many of us, there are things that we do each day that is unique to who we are, and how we live our lives. Today marks the beginning of a time of reflection, where we mark ourselves with dust, reminding us that we are made from dust, and to dust we shall return.
It is a time when we begin to make a sacred journey inward. Observing the things that we do each day, how we respond to different things in the world, and to attempt to bring to light things within ourselves that we either find as a strength or a weakness.
The season of Lent is not about "shaming ourselves" into making sweeping changes. It is discovering that there is darkness in our life. The season of Lent invites us to come into the light of God's love, while realizing because of this light, in God's fullness, that we recognize there is a shadow.
For me, Ash Wednesday serves as a reminder that we are indeed dust, touched by the Divine, and created for a greater purpose. May this season of Lent be a time when we can fully realize our purpose while we grow closer to God.
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2017
Gracious God, open me to recognize your thirst to love me.
Inspire me to love those you've given me.
Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain and ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.