In a single moment, the entire atmosphere shifts
And everyone standing before You begins pulling out their extravagant gifts.

I didn’t know that You would be here tonight.
I honestly didn’t think You were coming.

And then I realize that had I known, I too would have wanted to bring something brilliant to Your feet.

I run to my storehouse, desperate to find something of value.
I look around, scanning shelves, checking corners…
But all I have is ashes.

I let out a defeated sigh and anticipate the familiar embrace of loneliness, but then I hear your bright, warm, life-filled voice.

It couldn’t be. How can you sound so satisfied?

“Perfect!” You say. “Do you know what you get in return for ashes like these? You stand ashamed, hands full of remnants of what used to be. Did you know that when all you have is ashes, all you gain is beauty?”






Hannah Riggin is the oldest of four, an ISFJ, and the administrator at Awake Church. She was born and raised in Chillicothe, Ohio but currently resides in Winston Salem, North Carolina. Hannah is an avid lover of hiking, tacos, writing, and music. One of her greatest desires is to see others encounter the kindness, goodness, patience, and safety of God - that they would come to find, over and over, that He is better than they ever imagined.