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ASH WEDNESDAY

....with Walter Brueggemann



This Wednesday dazzles us with gift and newness and possibility.

This Wednesday burdens us with the tasks of the day, for we are already halfway home

halfway back to committees and memos,

halfway back to calls and appointments,

halfway on to next Sunday,

halfway back, half frazzled, half expectant,

half turned toward you, half rather not.


All our Wednesdays are marked by ashes -

we begin this day with that taste of ash in our mouth:

of failed hope and broken promises.....

On this Wednesday, we submit our ashen way to you -

your Easter parade of newness.

Before the sun sets,

take our Wednesday and Easter us,

Easter us

to joy

and energy

and courage

and freedom;

Easter us

that we may be fearless for your truth.


Come here and Easter our Wednesday

with mercy

and justice

and peace

and generosity.


We pray

as we wait

for the Risen One

who comes soon.







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