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Ash Wednesday: Pursue peace with everyone

Morning: Psalm 95, 32, 143; Jonah 3:1-4:11; Hebrews 12:1-14
Evening: Psalms 102, 130; Luke 18:9-14
Today we impose ashes and utter poignant words: “Remember, O Mortal, that you are dust, and unto dust you shall return.”  Lent invites humility (=earthiness, from ‘humus’).  Jonah is angry because God forgives the people of Nineveh.  Jesus’ parables teach mercy and forgiveness - unlike those who regard others with contempt.  Humility is ready to forgive, ready to make peace, whether the nagging little voice in your head thinks they deserve it or not.  Just as importantly, humility opens the path for you to make peace with yourself, whether you think you deserve it or not!

Graham

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