Whoever Abides

Today is Ash Wednesday and the beginning of the Lenten season.

Below is a blessing to mark the day. It brought to mind John 15:5

I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. John 15:5

Let this be a season of learning more and more to abide in Jesus.

Will You Meet Us?

A Blessing for Ash Wednesday

Will you meet us
in the ashes,
will you meet us
in the ache
and show your face
within our sorrow
and offer us
your word of grace:

That you are life
within the dying,
that you abide
within the dust,
that you are what
survives the burning,
that you arise
to make us new.

And in our aching,
you are breathing;
and in our weeping,
you are here
within the hands
that bear your blessing,
enfolding us
within your love.

—Jan Richardson

From The Painted Prayerbook


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2 Comments

  1. lynnabbottstudios on March 10, 2019 at 1:32 pm

    Beautiful!

    • marieg on March 10, 2019 at 3:18 pm

      Thank you Lynn. Glad to hear from you and hope all is well.

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