Ashes and Hearts


Ashes and hearts.
Hearts and ashes.
The convergence of this day of
Sacred and secular.

As if we needed a reminder that
To dust we will return.
We with our bodies showing signs of age …
We with our society exploding?
Teetering on the edge of

What is this day,
Of hearts and ashes?

Ashes of hearts?
Hearts of ash?

From dust you came,
And you will go back to dust.
And, along the way,
There is Love.
Before, behind, beside, within,
There is Love.

Great Lover of the Universe, may there be love … before, behind, beside, within us. Mark us with your love. Amen.

Bless These Hearts

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Bless these hearts
So tender and fragile,
So easily broken,
Bruised, torn.

Bless these hearts
That beat in compassion and hurt,
In love and solidarity,
Having known despair or grief themselves.

Bless these hearts
In the midst of brokenness,
Of human errors,
Powerless to quench
The pain of others.

Bless these hearts
That beat in empathy and kindness,
Standing with, standing by,
Joined together
In our common joy,
Our shared sorrow.

Bless these hearts,
So tender and fragile,
So filled with love.
Bless these hearts.

Find more of my blessings in my book Christ Beside Me, Christ Before Me: Celtic Blessings.