This devotion is from Richard Rohr’s Wondrous Encounters: Scripture for Lent, 2011
Ash Wednesday: Another Start!
by Richard Rohr
Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016
2Corinthians 5:20, 6:1-2: We are ambassadors for Christ; God, as it were, appealing through us. We implore you in Christ’s name: know that you are a friend of God! . . . We beg you not to receie this grace of God in vain. God has already said “In a favorable time I have heard you; on the day of salvation, I have helped you” [Isaiah 49:8]. Well, now is that favorable time! Today is the day of salvation!
It seems that we need beginnings, or everything eventually devolves and declines into unnecessary and sad endings. You were made for so much more! So today you must pray for the desire to desire. Even if you do not feel it yet, ask for new and even unknown desires. For you will eventually get what you really desire! I promise you. It is the Holy Spirit doing the desiring at your deepest level. Therefore you will get nothing less than what you really desire, and almost surely much more.
You are the desiring of God. God desires through you and longs for Life and Love through you and in you. Allow it, speak it, and you will find your place in the universe of things. Now let e tell you something. You cannot begin to desire something if you have not already slightly tasted it. Now make that deep and hidden desire conscious, deliberate, and wholehearted. Make your desires good and far-reaching on this Ash Wednesday of new beginnings. You could not have such desires if God had not already desired them first—in you and for you and as you.
Remember finally, that the ashes on your forehead are created from burnt palms. New beginnings invariable come from old false things that are allowed to die.
Prayer: God give me the desire to desire what you want me to desire. Amen.