It is Ash Wednesday - the start of Lent. Many seminarians find this day busy. Along with regular classes, there are field ed congregations expecting some help from their seminarian. Therefore it is easy to lose the significance of the day in the busyness. This is a common problem for clergy. Easter and Christmas are just hectic and the holy significance of these festivals can be lost.
So today I invite us all into living with the significance of this day. Themes of morality, death, and brokenness hover over this day. It is a reminder that this life is finite - time passes, we age, and finally we will die. It is a reminder that we fail often - fail to honor those close to us and those further away. It is a reminder that we have been damaged and therefore often end up being damaging. All this comes to the fore on this day.
So live today conscious of its significance. Take it slowly. Appreciate its significance. And offer in the grabbed moments between this and that appropriate prayer to God for healing, hope, and love.
The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D. Dean and President