No Knitting Here

I went to Ash Wednesday Mass with Governor Kaine. Not kidding. I “went” as in, he and his family and I wound up on the same street corner together at the same time, and walked the one block from the capital to the church together, and then sat two pews apart.

It was sort of surreal, sort of distracting, and sort of cool all at the same time.

I do love the reading from Joel for Ash Wednesday – Joel 2:12-18.
Even now, says the LORD, return to me with your whole heart, with fasting, and weeping, and mourning; Rend your hearts, not your garments, and return to the LORD, your God. For gracious and merciful is he, slow to anger, rich in kindness, and relenting in punishment. Perhaps he will again relent and leave behind him a blessing, Offerings and libations for the LORD, your God.

Blow the trumpet in Zion! Proclaim a fast, call an assembly; Gather the people, notify the congregation; Assemble the elders, gather the children and the infants at the breast; Let the bridegroom quit his room and the bride her chamber. Between the porch and the altar let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep, and say, “Spare, O LORD, your people, and make not your heritage a reproach, with the nations ruling over them! Why should they say among the peoples, ‘Where is their God?'”

Then the LORD was stirred to concern for his land and took pity on his people.

Thank God for that last line. We all need a little pity from time to time.


One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Faith on February 25, 2010 at 10:09 PM

    Thanks for posting this.. it was encouraging.. (-: thnxs


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