A Prayer for Ash Wednesday

By Dan Ruth

Precious Lord,

Our world is a wilderness of dust and ash. The flames of poverty
consume. Deserts engulf forests and grasslands. Drought, famine and
food shortages blow through an ever more hopeless world.

Yet amid the ashes and dust, we know that you are there. Your rod and
staff comfort us in death’s valley. For forty days you fasted in the
wilderness. As you faced death, you, too, felt the pain of thirst.

It is out of death that you conquered death. Out of hopelessness, you
bring eternal hope. Out of dust, you breathe new life.

On this day, Lord, drown us in the waters of your compassion. Fill us
with the daily bread of your promise. Give us eyes to see our dusty
neighbors and remind us of the dust from where we came, and the
grace-filled dust where we will one day return. You are one who was,
who is and who is to come, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.Our world is a
wilderness of dust and ash. The flames of poverty consume. Deserts
engulf forests and grasslands. Drought, famine and food shortages blow
through an ever more hopeless world.

Yet amid the ashes and dust, we know that you are there. Your rod and
staff comfort us in death’s valley. For forty days you fasted in the
wilderness. As you faced death, you, too, felt the pain of thirst.

It is out of death that you conquered death. Out of hopelessness, you
bring eternal hope. Out of dust, you breathe new life.

On this day, Lord, drown us in the waters of your compassion. Fill us
with the daily bread of your promise. Give us eyes to see our dusty
neighbors and remind us of the dust from where we came, and the
grace-filled dust where we will one day return. You are one who was,
who is and who is to come, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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