Beneath the awkwardness of a sooty cross, smeared on the forehead, lies the deep wisdom that we are marked with what we are. We are marked with what we must become.
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When we turn a blind eye to the misdeeds of our institutions, we deny our corporate fallibility and miss opportunities to practice the confession and reconciliation that frame our personal experiences with God.
Ash Wednesday and the season of Lent invite us into radical noticing. It is in paying attention to what's dead around us that we can be surprised by the hope of resurrection, writes the senior pastor of Wilshire Baptist Church.