Yesterday, my daughter, Hannah, helped me burn palm branches to make ashes for today's Ash Wednesday Service.
The dry, brittle palm branches have been stashed away in my filing cabinet since last Easter, awaiting their fate.
Palm Sunday praises fade to ashes. We can't rely on yesterday's praise.
How is it with your soul -- today? That's the big question.
As John Wesley asked, "Are you being saved today?"
It's appropriate that the Lenten journey begins with ashes -- honesty -- humility -- earthing -- repentance.
"Remember, o man, that thou art dust and to dust thou shalt return."