Clergy Corner: Ashes to ashes

In the messiness and brokenness of the world, God’s love wins File PhotoPastor Erin Armstrong, Trinity Lutheran Church. ■ Erin Armstrong / Contributed By a quirk of how the church calendar intersects with the secular calendar, Wednesday, Feb. 14 is both Valentine’s Day and Ash Wednesday. While most of the world will be showering their beloved with roses and dining by candlelight, the Christian Church will be gathering as it has for more than 1,000 years to proclaim, “Remember you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” You might be wondering, “Why ashes? Why dust? Seems pretty messy…” The importance of ashes and dust comes almost immediately in the story

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