I missed the Ash Wednesday service at church this year, but it’s usually my favorite time of year. I like the entire Lenten season. It’s a reminder of my humanity and the messes we humans make.
I spend much of my time trying to hide my messes, and I am mostly messes.
I am the girl who’s rushing out the door with breakfast still in my hands, brushing crumbs from my face as I walk to work again late again.
I’m the girl crying again after too much wine for reasons I can’t put into words.
I’m the girl whose search for love has at times caused wounds that haven’t quite healed, who has wrecked and been wrecked by relationships.
I’m the girl who first took the apple, turning it over in my hands before taking a bite
I’m the girl the Pharisees and scribes wanted to stone
And instead of trying to hide it, You put ash on my forehead, a sign the world can see.
And You ask me to walk with You a while to the cross
Come on, you say. We’re coming to a hill.