“Remember you are dust and to dust you shall return.”
On Ash Wednesday we have the chance to reflect on these words as we are marked (sprinkled on or virtually acknowledge ourselves) with ashes.
Since I’ve been thinking about things through a creation care lens this year, I’ve been contemplating this statement that we are dust most of Ash Wednesday.
Usually when thinking about creation, I think of it as “us” (meaning humans) and the “created world”, almost two separate buckets. I think it’s a unintentional categorization. Today though I am reminded that we are part of the earth and those two categories are not totally separate – we are also part of the created world. Our physical bodies are made from the earth and will return to it. Yet, we are also called to eternal life with him beyond this created world.
This Lenten season I hope to further reflect on “remember you are dust” and what that phrase means for us as we seek to know and love God now and be with Him in eternity.