TO THINK that one day we will be nothing but ashes is a pretty grim reality. Not surprisingly, many of us avoid facing this truth. We don’t want to reflect on it or speak about it or even read about it. After all, when we begin to sense how near to nothing we are, we can easily find ourselves in despair. Being born to die is not good news.
However, the fact that we are marked by the sign of the cross tells us we are infinitely more than dust. We are God’s beloved, and nothing—not even death—can separate us from God’s love through Jesus Christ. Our dust is charged with God’s own life-sustaining and death-defeating breath. We are beloved dust.
Pauses for Lent: 40 Words for 40 Days
From page 1 of Pauses for Lent: 40 Words for 40 Days by Trevor Hudson. Copyright © 2015 by The Upper Room. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. Learn more about or purchase this book.
What things make you feel separated from God? Share your thoughts.
… you are dust, and to dust you shall return.
—Genesis 3:19, NRSV
Prayer for the Week
Create in me a clean heart, O God.
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