Mt. Pleasant Lutheran Church

Ashes, Ashes We all Fall Down

February 21st, 2012 by Holly Hess


Ashes, Ashes we all fall down

                        By Holly Hess



Ash Wednesday is here and so begins our annual Lenten journey.

I like Ash Wednesday.  I like to see people walking around town with ashes smeared across their foreheads.  I like to catch a glimpse of my own ash-marked reflection throughout the day.

The ashes remind me that I am a person with plenty of flaws. They bring me down a notch.  They help me to realize that no amount of cleaning the house, reading parenting books, exercising, striving to be a good spouse, community service or acts of friendship can wipe away those imperfections.   We have flaws, and on Ash Wednesday,  we acknowledge them.

We gather at the altar on Ash Wednesday to lay our imperfections before God.  We bring our sins, fears, concerns and quiet thoughts and we kneel before our all-powerful God.  We don’t come alone, we come together.

Ashes, ashes we all fall down.

On the very day we gather to acknowledge our flawed lives, we are reminded that those flaws don’t define us.  Through grace, our all-loving God responds to our brokenness with forgiveness, and lifts us up again.

Ash Wednesday reminds us of all that we are not but more importantly, reassures us of all that we are and all that we can be as people of God.

Ashes, ashes we all fall down.  But God picks us back up.


Psalm 121

I lift my eyes to the mountains.

Where does my help come from?

My help comes from the LORD;

Maker of heaven and earth.


He will not let your foot slip.

He who watches over you, he will not slumber.

Indeed, He who watches over Israel will not slumber or sleep.


The Lord watches over you

The lord is the shade at your right hand.

The sun will not harm you by day;

Nor the moon by night.


The Lord will keep you from all harm;

He will watch over your life.

The Lord will watch over your coming and your going; Both now and forever more.



Forgiving God,

I fall before you and ask for forgiveness.

Fill me with your grace and lift me up as a child of God.


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