In and with God,
       we can direct our lives toward right relationship
       with each other and with God.
We can discover our place as one strand in the web of life.
We can grow in wisdom and compassion.
We can recognize all people as kin.
We can accept our mortality and finitude, not as a curse,
       but as a challenge to make our lives and choices matter.

—a reflection for Ash Wednesday from A Song of Faith: A Statement of Faith of The United Church of Canada