Today is Ash Wednesday, called for the service in which western, liturgical Christians contemplate the inevitability of death, and the need to focus on that which matters. The forty days of Lent will follow, and that season of preparation is typically used by Christians to adopt a discipline, or abandon something which tends to lead them away from the religious life. To mark the occasion here, I’m going to be reading a few books of Christian literature, aiming for one a week, on various subjects — history, doctrine, practice, and culture. I haven’t selected all of my reads just yet, but I’ll kick off the series with my delayed review for The Four Loves, and have three books all set up to establish momentum.
This is not remotely an appropriate hymn — it’s more of a folk-punk piece from a band who always remind me of my college days — but it always reminds me of Ash Wednesday.
Don’t fear death or your mortality
Just let it be the motivation that you need
To live the life that you want to lead
We are nothing more than setting suns
So let’s glow glorious until the day is done
And we’ll all fall back down below the land
Together underground is where we stand