Ash Wednesday meditation – Shane Claiborne


Just home from leading an Ash Wednesday service at our church. A meaningful time of reflective worship and, following the prompting of a Thom Shuman service, nice to insert three Taize’ pieces.  After the readings, I shared a really succinct and helpful Shane Claiborne piece of meditation:

Becoming like a flute: meditations on Fat Tuesday and Ash Wednesday.

To quote some of Claiborne’s wording from the beginning and end of the shane claibornereflection:

“What’s the difference between a flute and a stick in the mud?” our priest asked on Sunday.  He then went on, “The stick in the mud is full of itself.  The flute has been emptied of itself so it can make music.”  That’s a good image for Fat Tuesday and Ash Wednesday

… So whether it is giving up an old bad habit or take on a new holy habit… May we each use this Lenten season as an excuse to do something that empties us of ourselves so that our lives make better music.

Worth a read.

I wrote a musical setting of text from Psalm 51 a few years back. We used that again. Dale does a great vocal interpretation of the lyrics.  I’m unashamedly biased!

Create in me a clean heart
music score

Blessings of this Lenten season,



2 Responses to “Ash Wednesday meditation – Shane Claiborne”

  1. 1 Dale MacGregor February 13, 2013 at 9:31 am

    Thanks for this. Can you send me the reflection. It might be good to use in SupaClub discussions at lunch today.

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