Today is Ash Wednesday. It is a day marked by prayer, confession, and smudges of black crosses on people’s foreheads. The black smudge of ash is a sign of our mortality and that we live and die in the care of God’s mercy. When the black ash is crossed on the forehead the words from Ecclesiastes 3:20 are spoken “from dust you came to dust you will return.” I love Ash Wednesday. It is one of my favorite liturgical days of the year. It is a chance for us to contemplate what it means to belong to God, body and soul, in life and death. It is a chance to loosen our tight grip on life as we attempt to rest in the care of God’s love. Tonight at 7:00 p.m. you are invited to pray and worship at our Ash Wednesday service. We will serve communion and you will have the opportunity to receive ashes. We’ll be looking at the practice of confession and how confession is a catalyst for freedom. Lenten blessings of God’s rich love to you all.