Beauty from Ashes: God sets Cinderella Free

Ash Wednesday: along with many thousands of churches mine will be holding a Service of Holy Communion and Imposition of Ashes.
Imposition is a big word for us simpler folk for a simple act of being signed with a smudgy, black ash cross, made from last years burnt palm cross. As I get older, I see more and more, that simple is beautiful and that beauty has little to do with expensive, luxury, designer label or lavish advertising campaigns.
A Lily, a Rose a Raindrop on a window pane are all simply beautiful, stunning even: Nothing can be added or subtracted from that beauty it just is…
Many prayers will be made today, many Lenten resolves made, and, perhaps forgotten or broken tomorrow because forgetfulness is part and parcel of being human; this is what ashes from last year remind us, we forget who we are, and what The Lord has created us to become. So, today I am looking back and reminding myself of the simple, awesome Beauty of Grace, the Grace of our Lord dying on a cross, I am turning over in my pocket the one talent which is given to us all and in equal measure, Grace. Grace which is mine to invest, spend, lend, give – freely, freely as I have been given.
Perhaps I may choose to invest that Talent in acquiring for myself from the Beautifier of our souls and inner selves:-

“The unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit..” (1 Peter 3:4)

I have one talent, I need to use or lose, as do you.

How would you choose to Invest from the Talent of Grace?

In the end, Jesus tells us we can achieve nothing ourselves
It is God who brings Beauty from the Ashes and sets Cinderella free to be His Princess.
(or Prince, if you happen to be male).

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