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March 13th Newsletter

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“Ash”
by Brett Gibson
March 7, 2019 (second day of Lent)

 
Our little church is a Baptist one,
which means there is no Priest
but a room of “priests one to another.”
Every year we come into our sanctuary
--with the Central Texas wind and cold of late winter--
and sit with last year’s palms burned to ash.


We take turns pressing the ash
into one another’s foreheads
in the shape of a cross
--sign of our shame, sign of our hope.
The man who sings bass with me in our choir
reminds my daughter of her humble provenance
--“Remember that you are dust”
and she in turn reminds her little sister of her mortality
--“to dust you shall return.”

We are each marked as we exit
with ash on our fingers.


 
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