Ash Wednesday and the season of Lent also call our attention to a subject that most of us try to avoid – mortality. During the imposition of ashes yesterday I couldn't help but reflect on the 8 persons I've buried since my arrival at St Timothy's. I also knew that during my time here, some of those for whom I said, "Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return" I will also say, "we commit his/her body to the ground, earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust." It's a sobering feeling.
Let us appreciate life today. Let us appreciate those in our lives. Let us think of God, say a prayer, and do good.
PS: As requested by Lilana Hines - incense was used at both services yesterday and the topic of the MASSIVE thurible came up. This comes from a cathedral in Spain. If you can't see it on your screen, click here. Enjoy!
Fr. Steve Rice
Rector, St Timothy's Episcopal Church