Ash Wednesday Worship: March 6th at 7:00pm
Service of Meditation & Imposition of Ashes
Coals of Fire
I rather like the idea
of heaping coals of fire
on my enemy’s head, God.
It resonates with how I feel sometimes.
I suspect the psalmist felt it too—
all those passages about splattered brains
and Red Sea drownings.
Some commentaries tell me that it’s really about loving my enemy,
about providing a source of heat to ignite a fire that has gone out.
But I prefer my fantasy to that.
I picture you, God, in a huge, moated castle.
Someone you don’t like is approaching,
and you’re sitting on the battlements
above the drawbridge
in front of a roaring fire,
poised to pull back a lever
and release burning coals on your enemies’ heads!
Maybe it’s me I picture on the battlements, not you.
All my experience tells me
that you are just and loving
and that you are more likely to
invite your enemies into supper
and talk with them into the night.
Blow away my fantasies, God.
Breathe your disturbing reality
into my life.
Tell again the story of your love.
Friends and Enemies