Ash Wednesday and 17 dead (at this point) at a high school in Parkland Florida.
“Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return” — perhaps while in a high school classroom, because American citizens can buy military assault weapons.
Tonight, during our Ash Wednesday worship, we sang Susan Briel’s words, which are based on Psalm 137. It seems to me that her words might be on the lips of grieving families and friends in Parkland:
One we sang and danced with gladness,
once delight filled every breath,
no we sit among the ashes,
all our dreams destroyed by death.
All the willows bow in weeping,
all the rivers rage and moan,
as creation joins our pleading:
“God do not leave us alone.”
God, who came to dwell among us,
God, who suffered our disgrace,
from your own heart, grieved and wounded,
come the riches of your grace.
Come, O Christ, among the ashes,
come to wipe our tears away,
death destroy and sorrow banish;
now and always, come and stay.
Blessings to you as you journey through this Lenten season towards Good Friday and Easter.
— Pastor Andy Ballentine