poem written for Ash Wednesday 2024:
have heard it said that you are too little, or too much, to be accepted;
and, taking those words to heart, you have been consumed by their flames.
have heard it said that you are more deserving than others;
and, internalising that mantra, you have been razed by its fire.
I say to you, rise up:
by the grace of God
arise from the ashes,
dust stirred to life by the kiss of love,
by the breath of God
that gives life to the dead.
are the phoenix of Christ,
given new beginning in his name.
Neither too little nor too much,
nor deserving nor undeserving,
simply loved to life,
again and again.
not fear returning to dust.
Receive this mark upon your head,
a sign of hope, and trust.
And by the grace of God,