The word of the day for the first day of UU Lent 2016 is "Mindfulness."
When Christians observe Ash Wednesday, these words are frequently said during the imposition of ashes: "Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return."
Today, I'm mindful of a similar observation made by Ken Sawyer who was my childhood minister. Here are words he spoke in his sermon "Leaf Mold,"
"More than just being aesthetically satisfying, leaf mold serves for me as a religiously profound symbol, as the ocean does too, as the crucifix does no doubt for others - as a symbol that embodies and expresses a central truth about the worshipper's understanding of how things are... Both the worshipper's crucifix and my leaf mold speak, among other things to each of us, about death and how it fits into some larger perspective."