Thursday, February 07, 2008
Deep Thoughts By Emily Alexander (no, seriously)
Today is Ash Wednesday. For those of you who aren't Catholic, Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of a 40 day period of spiritual renewal, fasting, and abstaining leading up to Easter. Obviously this is the first year we've had a child for this. Tonight we went to receive ashes and the guy who was administering them gave them to William as well, and for the first time the significance of this day really struck me. "Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return." are the words that are spoken as the cross is marked on your forehead. Looking at William as just a baby, not even 4 months old yet, being marked by the ashes and having those words spoken to him, words that he doesn't understand, really made me think about the huge responsibility Jonathan and I have to his spiritual growth, because in the end, "to dust he shall return", and it's what's left that will count. Yeesh.