“All go unto one place; all are of dust, and all turn to dust again.” Ecclesiates 3:20
“You are dust….” These are the words that God said to Adam. Genesis 3:19 “By the sweat of your brow you eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return.” In Genesis 2:7 “the Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.”
The beginning of Lent reminds us that this world is passing and that we should put our trust instead in the eternal, in the Lord. The most important thing, the only permanent reality, is God. Rather than storing up earthly treasures, we should seek first his everlasting kingdom.
We are all mortal and our time on earth is limited. It is up to us to make best use of the time we have and turn our hearts and minds to the Lord. All of us are dust. We are from the earth, and to the earth we will return.
So let us be marked not for sorrow.
And let us be marked not for shame.
Let us be marked not for false humility or for thinking we are less than we are but for claiming what God can do within the dust, within the dirt, within the stuff of which the world is made, and the starts that blaze in our bones, and the galaxies that spiral inside the smudge we bear. Jan Richardson
Every human being dies. Physical death is not the end of life for Jesus said, “God is not the God of the dead, but of the living for to him all are alive.” Luke 20:38