Michael A. Macdonald (North Carolina)
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Job answered the Lord, “I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees you; therefore I despise myself, and repent in dust and ashes." - Job 42:5-6 (NRSV)
During an Ash Wednesday service in my church, the pastor alternates between two different statements when imposing the cross of ashes on the forehead of worshipers. The first is, “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” The second is, “Repent, and believe the gospel.” In my...
"When I became a parent, I struggled to find God within the chaotic world where I now lived. I was used to contemplative prayer, to silence and service and listening for God’s still, small voice in quiet, hidden spaces. Suddenly none of my life felt quiet or hidden – it was all loud, messy, and exposed." Discover more.