Ashes to ashes...


As we introduce the Church or Liturgical Calendar into our church I have seen more and more people responding and connecting to God through different seasons and through the various media we use.

The reflection has been used in the church since the early days and it is an important part of our lives as a Christian, to reflect on where we are, what we are doing and where does God fit in to it all.

So this is my reflection from our Ash Wednesday service from a couple of weeks ago:

As a child their was no Xbox 360s/play station 3, no computers or digital, cable or satellite TV…in fact for some of us there were no satellites and maybe for a few of us not even a TV!

Well we had to find different ways of entertaining ourselves. My father for instance told me a story that when he was child they would play this game where someone would find a brick, someone threw it up in the air and you had run away before it landed on your head…it landed on his younger sisters head and knocked her out…my gran was not best pleased!

However I enjoyed jigsaws when I was young, one I can remember was of old king cole, he was a king named cole. The puzzle was based on the poem:

Old King Cole was a merry old soul, and a merry old soul was he; He called for his pipe in the middle of the night And he called for his fiddlers three. Every fiddler had a fine fiddle, and a very fine fiddle had he; Oh there's none so rare as can compare With King Cole and his fiddlers three.

I can remember that it was bright and colourful, each piece I would spend some time staring at then twisting and turning this way and that trying my hardest to see where it might fit.

One of the fiddlers three was dressed in red. He begins as a small corner with just a touch of red, then grows and forms gradually and eventually becoming this joyful, bright red character dancing and fiddling.

The king begins with a hand that gains a body and then a face and then old king cole himself and piece by piece the jigsaw is eventually completed and you have built the big picture…

And God places seemingly unrelated pieces into our lives …Ash Wednesday; Lent, sin, forgiveness, tears and joy…these are part of that picture, part of the puzzle, part of that jigsaw.

On our journey over the next 40 days maybe we can reflect on the circumstances of our lives and the choices we must make and then God may well say to us ‘here, my child take this piece and put it there; Now this piece, now another, and another until some form or pattern will emerge that we can see.

Marc Alton-Cooper