Ashes to ashes….

Today is Ash Wednesday, the day that we remember we come from the earth and shall return to the earth.  Everything is connected.  We live as part of creation, not above or separate from it.

A blue grass song to help you embrace the day–and perhaps think about Ash Wednesday differently than you have in the past.  It isn’t just about personal sin and death, but a reminder that our lives are linked in love as part of God’s joyful ecology of beginnings and endings.  “Ashes” from the album Sound Theology by Jonathan Rundman:


  • Steve Eulberg

    Thanks, Diana.

    “Joyful ecology” is a nice phrase, too!
    (btw, in terms of genre, I’d agree with Jonathan’s self-description of “power pop” for this song.)

    My “Ashes” song is way too reflective for this early in the morning–we’ll use it tonight instead.



  • Ken Barnes

    I’m a big fan of yours…Your books have given me a new and different perspective on my faith and ways to interpret it to others.
    Now I have an Ash Wednesday song springing up in my head. We have Wednesday Taize Services…Along with the chants, darkness, silence, candles, prayers and ashes, I’ll have the song spinning in my head. Its a lot…but I’m a super-abundance kind of guy. Wow a way to begin this season of reflection and self-examination.
    Thank you,
    Ken Barnes

  • Steve DeFields-Gambrel

    Nice song. But just FYI, it is categorically impossible to have a driving electric guitar in a bluegrass song. It’s kinda country-sounding, but not bluegrass :) Still, good thoughts.

    • glauber

      Oh yeah! Bill Monroe would agree. :-)

      Good song. My wife said: “I hope he’s singing “I got ashes on my forehead”, and not “your @ss in on my forehead!”

  • Ed White

    Questions For Lent: 2012
    1. Jesus said: “The last shall be first.” Why is it that America and so many Americans have a compulsive need to be first? Do they not understand the consequences?

    2. Free market capitalism believes that if we all pursue our self-interest God (or Adam Smith’s “invisible hand”) will transform our collective selfishness into the kingdom of heaven on earth. What is the fate of those who care about someone besides themselves and act generously? Where do they fit in to this picture?

    3. Lord Acton said “Power tends to corrupt. Absolute power corrupts absolutely.” Why then is our “military – industrial complex” so intent upon gaining absolute power that we must outspend the rest of the world on war and weapons of mass destruction? Is our goal to be corrupted absolutely?

    4. Over the past 75 years God has blessed America with incredible wealth. Has God’s generosity made us more grateful and more generous or have we become more greedy and mean spirited?

    5. In Deuteronomy 8 God warns us that if we forget God and go after other gods “we will surely perish!” As I read the daily news I wonder why we are so bent on perishing?

    6. The Supreme Court says that a corporation is a person. If my wife got lost here in Washington DC and chief justice Roberts went in search of her, what if he brings me a corporation instead of my wife because he cannot distinguish between them. How do I sleep with a corporation?

    7. Jesus said, “Blessed are the poor.” Why aren’t the rich trying to become poor in order to be blessed?
    8. Every previous empire in history has tried to play god and has eventually bankrupted itself spiritually and economically. What leads us to believe that we will be the exception to that rule?

    9. Why are we foreclosing the future of our children and grandchildren by giving them an “inheritance” of a fifteen trillion dollar debt that is still growing?

    10. Our politicians constantly blame each other for our nation’s woes while no one takes responsibility. How can we introduce them to the Apostle Paul’s “fruits of the Spirit” in Galatians 5:22? Then they could become “statespersons.”

    11. Our politicians talk a lot about family values and the sanctity of marriage. Is there a way to politely let them know that it would mean a lot if they were to be faithful to one wife?

    12. Jesus said; “Blessed are the meek.” How can we learn not to confuse meekness with weakness?

    Dear Friends,
    Try to imagine that I am your friendly neighborhood schoolteacher. The questions above are your homework assignment for Lent. I expect a paper on my desk by Good Friday answering these questions in full.
    Those who get a passing grade will be encouraged to spend Easter weekend learning how to die with Christ in order to rise with Him to walk in newness of life.
    Cheers and God bless, Ed White

  • Janet L. Bohren

    Thank you so much for sharing this.

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