Ashes on my forehead … and oh,so, apropos reading at the Ash Wednesday Service at  Selwyn Presbyterian with Sermon by Mary Henderson Bowman.  Kudos, Mary!

Psalm 51:8 Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.

Ash Wednesday is a day of solemn assembly that is built right into the church year. It is a fast day, a day of mourning for our sin and the sin of all humanity before God, a recognition of our mortality save for the grace of God and a request that the Lord remember our creation and breathe new life into our burned-out, dusty lives once more.

via Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) – Resources – Ash Wednesday service.