X marks the spot for all to see
a passport stamp for Calvary.
An ancient symbol and old words:
"Remember you are dust."
This simple rite now calls to mind
the Lenten journey where I'll find
a signpost to Christ's suffering
and forty thought-filled days.
The smudge upon my wrinkled brow
will prompt me (as I humbly bow)
to recognize my fleeting years
and ponder what is next.
The cross that crowns my aging face
reminds me of God's timeless grace
made possible by One who died
and rose again for me.