The Ashes of Wednesday

by Peter Notehelfer
Glen Brady alphaomegadigital.com

Glen Brady  alphaomegadigital.com

These are the Ashes of Wednesday

Charred remnants of yesterday’s hope

Broken branches that resound

With songs of impotent praise

     “Hosanna! Blessed is he who

     comes in the name of the Lord”

Palms now turned to dusty disappointment

Dry and dusty disappointment centered

not in the one whose praises we sang

but in the hollowness of our discipleship

These are the Ashes of Wednesday

Charred remnants of yesterday’s hope 

These are the Ashes of Wednesday

Painful reminders of our humanity

Charred ruins of yesterday’s castles

Silent symbols that weep

     “Remember! Dust you are

     And to dust you will return!”

Children under the shadow of limitation

Fatal and shadowy limitation set

not by the infinity of the Maker

but by the infirmity of the creature

These are the Ashes of Wednesday

Painful reminders of our humanity 

These are the Ashes of Wednesday

Innocent resources of God’s recreation

Graceless ground of aching expectation

Wearily awaiting God’s breath

   “God breathed into the dust

     and Adam became a living soul”

Creature in the image of divine Creator

Beloved and redeemed creature chosen

not by virtue of our own goodness

but by the grace of Good Friday’s God

These are the Ashes of Wednesday

Innocent resources of God’s recreation

5 Comments to “The Ashes of Wednesday”

  1. Reblogged this on The Iridescent Bubble and commented:
    A eloquent and emotional poetic visitation of Ash Wednesday.

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