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Gathering the Burnt Palms, the Ashes by Raymond A. Foss

Out behind the house
gathering the burnt palms of Sunday
the ashes of Wednesday
for us to use in worship
to remember this season beginning
the Lord’s journey
from the mountain, glowing
to the cross, dying
the way of our savior
so must ours be

The sadness of what had to be
to reconcile us to God
mindful of my sin
preparing to wear the ashes
the joy of the Sunday
the sorrow of Wednesday
all of the story remembered
in the murmur of our prayers

February 16, 2010
Ash Wednesday
burning the palms, making the ashes
Suncook United Methodist Church
Suncook, NH

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