On Ash Wednesday

Life’s little accomplishments: Five years ordained, and I finally make ash crosses that look more like crosses than small bruises.

Five years ordained, and a dozen years an Episcopalian, and I appreciate more each year the Litany of Penitence from the Ash Wednesday service in the Book of Common Prayer:

… Accept our repentance, Lord, for the wrongs we have done:
for our blindness to human need and suffering, and our
indifference to injustice and cruelty,
Accept our repentance, Lord.

For all false judgments, for uncharitable thoughts toward our
neighbors, and for our prejudice and contempt toward those
who differ from us,
Accept our repentance, Lord.

For our waste and pollution of your creation, and our lack of
concern for those who come after us,
Accept our repentance, Lord. …