Valentine’s Day: here we are writing love notes/smelling roses/eating candy and then we hear about another senseless school shooting. The news shakes us. It breaks us. It reminds us we are but dust, and to dust we shall return. Our parents, our friends, our children — dust.
We are so hungry for good news… and there is good news that comes to us on Ash Wednesday: God is with us in our pain. God loves us so much that he sent his son to live with and die for us. To save us from our brokenness. And if we dare to love others in the big way God loves us, we can begin to heal.