Song by Tom Conry
WE RISE AGAIN FROM ASHES, FROM THE GOOD WE’VE FAILED TO DO. We rise again from ashes, to create our selves a new. If all our world is ashes, then must our lives be true, an offering of ashes, an offering to you.
2. We offer you our failures, we offer you attempts, the gifts not fully given, the dreams not fully dreamt. Give our stumblings direction, give our visions wider views, an offering of ashes, an offering to you.
3. Then rise again from ashes, let healing come to pain, though spring has turned to winter, and sunshine turned to rain. The rain we’ll use for growing, and create the world a new from an offering of ashes, an offering to you.
4. Thanks be to the Father, who made us like himself. Thanks be to his Son, who saved us by his death. thanks be to the Spirit who creates the world a new from an offering of ashes, an offering to you.
We begins each Lent begging for “the blessing of forgiveness.” God longs for us to return to him with our whole heart. For without such repentance we remain tormented by the question, “Where is our God?” God has not cast us out of his presence; rather, he desires us to “become the very holiness of God.” The Father “who is hidden” waits for us to pray, “A clean heart create for me, O God.” Then the way that we reach out to reality to become one with it will reveal God’s saving Presence in every circumstance. “The joy of our salvation.” begins today. (Magnificat)