Lent Ash Wednesday B

Joyful Ashes

a joy of repentance
strengthens its work

joy replaces practiced piety
healing a left and right divided heart

joy replaces hypocritical prayer
making internal our engagement with healing

joy replaces rote prayer
setting aside accumulated phrases

joy replaces institutional fast
energizing a clean face with a clean heart

joy replaces accumulated wealth
investing in common-wealth

joy of renewal
strengthens its work