Ashes to Ashes

February 15, 2010

What to share in the Memory Care Unit Chaplain’s Corner this morning? Wednesday is Ash Wednesday and the start of Lent so I decided to share about “ashes.”

I took in a small glass bowl from my kitchen cupboard and wore a cross that I don’t usually wear. I announced that I was going to talk about these two symbols – ashes and the cross. A new lady who was sitting up front said in a stage whisper, audible to the whole room, “I don’t believe in that bunk!” Meanwhile the aid came in to claim men for haircuts! As we settled again I acknowledged her cynicism.

Putting ashes on our heads is not a recent practice that started with Christians, I had learned that morning.   Read the rest of this entry »