Some thoughts from George Herbert, one of my favourite poets.  

Who goeth in the way which Christ hath gone,
Is much more sure to meet with him, than one
That travelleth by-ways:
Perhaps my God, though he be far before,
May turn and take me by the hand, and more:
May strengthen my decays.

Yet Lord instruct us to improve our fast
By starving sin and taking such repast,
As may our faults control:
That ev’ry man may revel at his door,
Not in his parlour; banqueting the poor,
And among those his soul.

For me, this is a lovely summary of the focus of Lent:  the desire for a closer relationship with God, the need for self-discipline, and the concern for those who have much less than me.

The full poem can be read here:


27 thoughts on “ASH WEDNESDAY

  1. Am sitting here with me ashy cross on forehead and yes… good sentiments and timely reminder and prompt. Am a complete Philistine with poetry as you know so cannot say whether it is good or anything! 🙄

    Have given up chocolate. There’s half a large bar in the fridge. Hmmm….. 😉


    1. I am glad you like it, Brian. I love the metaphysical poets, like Donne and Herbert. They are such masters of their technique – they make it a servant to the content, rather than the master, so the content is shown to us in fresh and sometimes startling ways. Brilliant stuff.


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