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    Day 2 of Lent – We are Ashes

    As I was smearing the ashen cross with the words, “Remember you are dust, and to dust you shall return,” I found myself saying, “How morbid, should I add another line and end on a more hopeful note?” -Does every worship service have to end on a cheerful note?  -Well, of course! Our God is a God of hope. To withhold hope is to withhold the power of God! -But is hope and cheerfulness the same? Does hope need a little emotional boost, a smile and a high-give for it stand up and do its dance?  Hope and cheerfulness are not the same. But American Christianity can often confuse the…