Ashes

“Where do they get all those ashes?” I always wondered where they got all those ashes on Ash Wednesday. A couple of years ago, someone finally told me that they burn the palm branches from the previous year’s Palm Sunday service.

Maybe I’m not the sharpest knife in the drawer, but I didn't know that. The palm branches from the previous year’s Palm Sunday service are burned, made into ashes and smeared on the foreheads of those needing to remember “from dust you have come and to dust you will return.”

A pastor friend of mine posted a YouTube video of his church burning the palm branches.

I guess now the question is, “Where do all those Midwesterners get palm tree branches?”

I pray that this Ash Wednesday is deep and meaningful start to your Lenten experience.

Grace and peace