Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Ash Wednesday



Thank you to Brian Wren for writing one of the most beautiful songs for such a poignant day. I used to play this one a lot - the tune is haunting but also uplifting.
Dust and ashes touch our face,
mark our failure and our falling.
Holy Spirit, come,
walk with us tomorrow,
take us as disciples,
washed and wakened by your calling.
Take us by the hand and lead us,
lead us through the desert sands,
bring us living water,
Holy Spirit, come.
Dust and ashes soil our hands 
greed of market, pride of nation. 
Holy Spirit, come, 
walk with us tomorrow,
as we pray and struggle
through the meshes of oppression. 
Take us by the hand and lead us,
lead us through the desert sands,
bring us living water,
Holy Spirit, come.
Dust and ashes choke our tongue
in the wasteland of depression.
Holy Spirit, come,
walk with us tomorrow,
through all gloom and grieving
to the paths of resurrection.
Take us by the hand and lead us,
lead us through the desert sands,
bring us living water,
Holy Spirit, come.

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