Oh how I remember that first Ash Wednesday when Fr K said those words to me as he pressed ash in to my forehead. “Remember child that you are dust…” Not “Remember man that you are dust…” which had always been the form of words used in that church previously. I was startled initially, expecting the old familiar words and hearing something different. Child. I am a child of God and it was so comforting to hear those words said to me so intimately. I am not ashamed to say that tears flooded down my face. I have used it ever since I was grown up enough to take services of my own. But I am still a child of God and happy to remain so.
Today there are two opportunities to receive the imposition of ashes at St Mark’s Portobello. (10am and 7.30pm) Bishop Alan Smithson will be preaching at both. I’ve got the lemon ready.
For the last few years I have given up reading fiction for Lent. And I shall be doing the same this year, except for a brief glance at our Book Group book for which I hope I am given dispensation. Should have planned that better and chosen something more meaty. It is always a great discipline for me to give up reading fiction which I love. But I shall be taking on some more serious reading. Here is the list awaiting my attention:
The Life and Work of a Priest by John Pritchard
Wonderful Exchange – An Exploration of Silent Prayer by Sandy Ryrie
Soul Space by Margaret Silf
Spiritual Emotions by Robert C Roberts (I’m doing a review of this for the Expository Times, don’t you know?)
There’s plenty more awaiting my attention. I’ll let you know how I get on.
And of course I will be checking in to Beauty from Chaos – the daily blog for Lent.