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I am thinking a lot about completion these days as I reach the first stage of completion of a two year project. Yet I know completion merely opens the doors and pathways to continuing on. That is how life is as well. In my life experience, completion always means moving on and newness, not necessarily being settled.

I like what Mark Nepo says as he looks at his rain-stained To Do list…”I think I am becoming unfinished.” That is my reality as I age. There is always more: more I am interested in, more “unfinished” tasks done at a slower rate, more to explore, more to see, more to listen to, more undiscovered newness. I have more curiosity, more passion and focus, more appreciation of the gift of life. Yes, I am becoming very unfinished.

There are silent requests for more days ahead, not to be cut short, l the battery completely runs down and a recharge of interest and energy do not ignite me back to life…a life well lived; a life filled with blessings; a life of recognizing mystery and beauty, a life of sharing goodness and letting tears run as they may.

There is a sense that most of the pieces of the jigsaw puzzle are in place and there is the placing yet of but a few. And these few are placed with lingering leisure and a slowing pace. There is no urgency. I more often can perceive the whole picture of the many small pieces that have held my attention  and occupied me for all these years. All answers are incomplete. I have only been given direction as needed and only when I listened.

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To those who bake the bread, tend the hearth, love the children, care for the sick, honor the elders, pave the way, live in truth, serve with compassion, find the joy, soften the heart…to woman filled with grace, light the way, embrace humble boldness, protect their dreams, honor their path….to woman holder of sanctity, filled by Divine Spark, dedicated teacher, keeper of the keys, container of change, womb of new life, be blessed, be joyful, be…

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Today, I didn’t have my napkin in my purse to write upon, when I was at the 8 am children’s Mass on Ash Wednesday at Christ the King Cathedral. So many blessings entered my soul from the readings, to the music, to the homily and the children filling most of the cathedral. “Bless the Lord, Oh my soul.”

And of course, I can’t remember most of what I wanted to. I need napkins more than ever these days to remember, oh my remember. I know the first message I soaked up like a sponge was “Return to me with all your heart.” It is such a blessing to be involved in anything in our life where we are in it whole-heartedly.  Another scripture at another time warns us to be a full Yes or a No — anything in between  is not “of the Spirit.”

I am so grateful to be living whole-hearted in each day, maybe with a few aches and pains, various trials here and there, some inconveniences, but in the over-all appraisal, I feel grateful and whole hearted for the life I have.

Today, I share my SoulCollage image I made for Lent maybe over five years ago. I add to it the magnificent blog post of Jan Richardson, and thus I am complete. It is all here.

 

Readings for Ash Wednesday: Joel 2:1-2, 12-17; Psalm 51:1-17;
2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10; Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21

From Jan Richardson:

We are entering the season that begins with a smudge. That smudge is a testimony to what survives. It is a witness to what abides when everything seems lost. It is a sign that what we know and love may, for a time, be reduced to dust, but it does not disappear. We belong to the God who well knows what to do with dust, who sees the dust as a place to dream anew, who creates from it again and again.
—Jan Richardson, from Ash Wednesday: What God Can Do with Dust
The Painted Prayerbook, February 2018

Friends, as we enter into Lent, I want to share this Ash Wednesday blessing again. It’s been six years since I first wrote it, during what would turn out to be my last Lent with Gary. I have found that the question the blessing holds—”Did you not know what the Holy One can do with dust?”—is a good one to ask myself anew each time Ash Wednesday comes around. And I can say now: I know what God can do with dust. And I am learning still.

As this season begins, what blessing do you need to claim from the ashes?

Blessing the Dust
For Ash Wednesday

All those days
you felt like dust,
like dirt,
as if all you had to do
was turn your face
toward the wind
and be scattered
to the four corners
or swept away
by the smallest breath
as insubstantial—
did you not know
what the Holy One
can do with dust?
This is the day
we freely say
we are scorched.
This is the hour
we are marked
by what has made it
through the burning.
This is the moment
we ask for the blessing
that lives within
the ancient ashes,
that makes its home
inside the soil of
this sacred earth.
So let us be marked
not for sorrow.
And let us be marked
not for shame.
Let us be marked
not for false humility
or for thinking
we are less
than we are
but for claiming
what God can do
within the dust,
within the dirt,
within the stuff
of which the world
is made
and the stars that blaze
in our bones
and the galaxies that spiral
inside the smudge
we bear.
—Jan Richardson
from Circle of Grace: A Book of Blessings for the Seasons

NAPKINWRITER so highly recommended this beautiful, inspiring book. Buy it now!

 

Please include this info in a credit line: “© Jan Richardson. janrichardson.com.”

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