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BY REV. AMANDA HAMBRICK ASHCRAFT

February 17, 2021
The pandemic has brought a feeling of despair to Ash Wednesday.
Today marks the Christian liturgical holiday Ash Wednesday, and it is one unlike any in modern history. - from ReligionNews.com.
By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return.

-Galatians 3:19
Ash Wednesday marks not only the beginning of the 40-day liturgical season of Lent for Christians, but also the last holy day in the Christian calendar pre-COVID lockdowns last year. We remember gathering in holy spaces for the imposition of ashes last Ash Wednesday, and the inability to do so this year is a painful reminder of ALL the past eleven months have been. We've had to figure out a COVID Easter and Christmas, but now Ash Wednesday and Lent too? The culminating grief is overwhelming. Many are wondering why we need a season of Lent at all this year, as we've been staring death in the face for the past eleven months.

We've seen it as the pandemic rages on; we've seen it kill close to 500,000 Americans, disproportionately Black, Brown and Indigenous people; we've seen Tony McDade, Nina Pop, Dominique Fells, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery all horrifically meet death face-to-face too soon. We've smelt the stench of death in the ways we've been distant with those we love, and in the ways white supremacy continues to run rampant and injustices of many kind rule unchecked. Why another 40 days?  


We are right to ask the questions. They keep us human. We are right to be tired of death - and right to proclaim that unGodly death of any kind makes us weep. We should take these questions with us this season of Lent. And we should also take with us the reminder that it is not an accident that this season of introspection is part of our liturgical calendar. We learn something about who we are -- both individually and collectively - when we stare death in the face. We learn something about who we want to be -- who we still might be -- and who we regret that we've been. These are questions we should keep close to heart and mind this season.
Jump start your Lenten journey by watching and reflecting on this brilliant spoken-word piece created, written and produced by Victor Greene.
Holy One, we come to you this Ash Wednesday tired. We confess that the thought of facing our mortality is exhausting in a year that has seen so much public and private death. We come to you rife with anxiety about where to go to get ashes -- or if it's even safe to go anywhere at all. We come to you mourning many whom we love who are dead, and many more who feel dead because of the ways we fall short of allowing everyone to feel alive with your goodness. Speak to us anew this season. Remind us that through facing death, we come to know life. May we know life today, know it abundantly, and share it profusely. Amen.  
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