There is a wisdom in ash,

that we need so much,

but seldom hear.


It’s the wisdom of grief,

that reminds us of our mortality,

and that Life is more than this dust can contain.


It’s the wisdom of confession,

that brings our darkness out of hiding,

and opens the windows to Light.


It’s the wisdom of repentance,

that stops us in our tracks,

and charts the way to Love.


There’s a wisdom in ash,

and we welcome it, Jesus,

thankful for the renewing gifts it brings.