Ephesians 2:19-22

So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone. In him the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord; in whom you also are built together spiritually into a dwelling place for God.

On this Ash Wednesday we begin a journey to our solid foundation, our cornerstone, Christ. On this day/night we are no longer just one single person in God’s family. We get to be joined together today/tonight with brothers and sisters in Christ from all over the world. Becoming One Body in Christ. As the ashes are placed on our foreheads or hands, we are marked and claimed as a chosen child of God. Our Lenten journeys will all look different, sound different, feel different, taste different, and that’s okay. When we combine our journey’s together through prayer, we will have built a space where God can enter and be heard and where the Holy can be encountered through the touch of a cool Palm branch, the caress of someone washing our hands or feet and the horrific sound of a nail being hammered.

Gracious God, come to us this day/night as our journey begins and walk with us we plead. Amen

Martha Atkins

Faiths United Parish, Niobrara