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The Ash Wednesday service, with its exhortations for us to examine our lives in the light of Christ’s teachings, could not have come at a better time for me. Time to slow down and “check myself” against what I have been called to do.

I always forget that this passage comes from Psalm 51, but when I hear it, it brings me joy.
“Create in me a clean heart, O God,*
and renew a right spirit within me.
Cast me not away from your presence*
and take not your holy Spirit from me.
Give me the joy of your saving help again*
and sustain me with your bountiful Spirit.”