wearing the ash

Kylie Crabbe – whose theology and writing is always rich and wonderful – has a really good article in Eureka Street about Ash Wednesday (online here). [To understand the article you need to know that on Ash Wednesday in 1983, South Australia and Victoria had devastating bushfires which took many lives and destroyed homes and property. They became known as the Ash Wednesday bushfires. The day left a massive scar on many communities that’s still present.]

I loved this last paragraph:

“…Lent happens every year, and it is always followed by the celebration of renewal at Easter. In any given year, when for whatever reasons people find themselves unable to believe it, they are still invited forward, to wear the ash, name the brokenness, and be carried by the millennia of the faith of others, until they find that the renewal has become their own.”

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