Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Ash Wednesday


Sabine, my Roman Catholic colleague, and I today led a short lunchtime service for Ash Wednesday (the start of 'Lent', the reflective time leading up to Easter). As well as showing some stunning images - including this one from the Hubble Telescope to show our origins as star dust - we used a wonderful track by the Canadian artist Sarah McLachlan for that part of the service where we reflected on human fallenness.

Fallen - Sarah McLachlan

Heaven bend to take my hand
And lead me through the fire
Be the long awaited answer
To a long and painful fight
Truth be told I tried my best
But somewhere long the way
I got caught up in all there was to offer
But the cost was so much more than I could bear

Though I've tried I've fallen
I have sunk so low
I messed up
Better I should know
So don't come round here and
Tell me I told you so

We all begin out with good intent
When love is raw and young
We believe that we can change ourselves
The past can be undone
But we carry on our back the burdens time always reveals
In the lonely light of morning
In the wound that would not heal
It's the bitter taste of losing everything
I've held so dear

Though I've tried I've fallen
I have sunk so lowI messed up
Better I should know
So don't come round here and
Tell me I told you so

Heaven bend to take my hand
I've nowhere left to turn
I'm lost to these I thought were friends
To everyone I know
Oh they turn their heads embarrassed
Pretend that they don't see
That it's one wrong step one slip before you know it
And there doesn't seem away to be redeemed

Though I've tried I've fallen
I have sunk so low I messed up
Better I should know
So don't come round here and
Tell me I told you so
I messed up
Better I should know
So don't come round here and
Tell me I told you so

(if you follow the link here you can even listen to a version: http://www.sarahmclachlan.com/)

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