Posé: A pause or rest stop along the Voyageurs' portage trail. Usually about ½ mile apart. We invite you to take a pause in your day to reflect and pray with us.  

By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread until you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; you are dust, and to dust you shall return. - Genesis 3:19

If you attended an Ash Wednesday service this week, you most likely experienced the tradition of having ashes spread on your forehead with the pastor reiterating the curse from Genesis, "you are dust and to dust you shall return." Not the joyous of Church holy days, but the tradition speaks to a reality we know deeply and don't talk about too openly - mortality. We all will die one day. The time that we spent building and creating, our relationships, everything we put effort into will one day be like dust. The book of Ecclesiastes sums this up well with "all is vanity!" or "why bother, really?".

But, those ashes aren't just slapped on our head, nor are we a people stuck in the fear of death. Those ashes are in the shape of a cross, symbolizing our Savior. As some strains of theology go, Jesus became that original curse, taking on the sin of the world when he died on the cross. But, as we know, the curse didn't consume him - Christ consumed the curse. Curse broken, people freed. On Ash Wednesday, we recognize our mortality, but we also recognize that we have been freed to live the Christ life - a life of resurrection, hope and purpose. Over these next few weeks in Lent, take time to consider what freedom in Christ might look like for you. 

Dear Lord, I realize that I will not be here forever. Sometimes I am okay with that, but other times it scares me senseless. Help me to trust in you and to know that my life is part of something so much bigger. Free me from my fears that I might live. Amen.

Faithful travels everyone,
Pastor Lisa Buchanan

Bethany Lutheran Church in Deer River
VLM Camp Pastor 2010-2011