An Ash Wednesday Prayer 2017

In the dark of a night
when no sleep comes
We look up

No stars on nights like this
crowded in by clouds

We still look up

In the cold,
we are shivering.
As the wind shakes the world
around us,
we shudder.

We brace ourselves,
our eyes searching for you.

We trudge on
Holy One
Our own mortality
our own regrets
our own misspent words
our own lives
packed tightly
and carried on
on our backs

We search for you
remnants of the fire
that burned deep within
us
now lightless embers.

We look for you,
Holy One,
knowing our eyes
have grown heavy
veiling our vision

Though
In the dark,

we can barely see ourselves

You see
that we are but dust

You see
those embers to which we will return

You see
that
Our hearts, broken and penitent,

are with you.

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