Psalm 78:1-39 • Jeremiah 7:21-34 • Romans 4:13-25 • John 7:37-52
He [God] remembered that they were but flesh, a wind that passes and comes not again. — Psalm 78:39
Whoever believes in me . . . out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.
— John 7:38
It’s not Lent that I prepare for, but Ash
Wednesday’s certainty that
I am but “ashes to ashes, dust to dust.”
Restless to plumb the Mystery, my mind wants
to rest anyplace but in this certainty.
These molecules, I breathe: am I not part of
Something larger, carbon recycled from the
flesh of a whale, chloride from the salty
In the end, I can follow my breath, pausing
before the exhale.
This is something I can do.
But the waiting for faith. Not so easy.
My prayer for life (and death):
Please, dear God, let me rest in the peace of
Your living waters.
— Leslie Middleton