2/14/2024 A Note From Pastor Jacqui

Dear friends, as we enter this lenten season, we are invited to a deeper wisdom, one that calls us to refocus our lives and find a realigned transformation. Wisdom of a fuller life through facing what needs to die so we can live. May this Lent journey and Ash Wednesday filled with the love of Valentine’s Day bless you deeply with God’s immeasurable love. Blessings, Jacqui

Blessing the Dust

All those days you felt like dust, like dirt, as if all you had to do was turn your face toward the wind and be scattered to the four corners or swept away by the smallest breath as insubstantial—

did you not know what the Holy One can do with dust?

This is the day we freely say we are scorched. This is the hour we are marked by what has made it

through the burning. 

This is the moment we ask for the blessing that lives within the ancient ashes, that makes its home inside the soil of this sacred earth. 

So let us be marked not for sorrow. And let us be marked not for shame. Let us be marked not for false humility or for thinking we are less than we are but for claiming what God can do within the dust, within the dirt, within the stuff of which the world is made and the stars that blaze in our bones and the galaxies that spiral inside the smudge we bear. 

~ Jan Richardson