Behind The Art - Beauty for Ashes:

I have a prayer book with this text as one of the readings for
March 7. Which happens to be my son Alexander’s birthday. He is an artist living in New Orleans. A few days after his latest birthday, I was having dinner with my other son, Joshua. We got a call from Alex. It was bad news. His studio had caught fire. Many of his sculptures were severely damaged and most of the paintings and drawings totally destroyed. His resolve and courage in dealing with this catastrophe (he had already been through Hurricane Katrina) is another saga. But his birthday reading with that startling imagery “beauty for ashes” will always have a special personal meaning for me, with its promise of comfort and grace and renewal.