Monday, March 10, 2014
Ashes to Go: God's blessing
I have several friends who have some strong opinions against organized religion. They know I’m a Christian and how much I love St. Paul’s. We seldom discuss religion. What if some of my friends would see me and think I was being a “sidewalk evangelist.” But what was the chance that any of them would see me. So I agreed to participate.
Ash Wednesday arrived. Allison, John and I got set up in front of the courthouse. Within 15 minutes who should walk up but one of my dearest friends I had hoped wouldn’t see me! She had jury duty. The gig was up!! After we discussed her jury duty she asked what I was doing. After a brief explanation I asked if she would like ashes and she said, “Sure, why not.” And there I was giving ashes and God’s blessings to my friend. I stood there after she left simply overcome by what had just happened and the joy I felt.
God does work in strange and mysterious ways. If we are obedient, although reluctant to His call, He does the rest! I can’t wait to participate again next year and encourage you all to do the same.