A Daily Dose of Good News
Friday, November 13, 2020
Lord, you have been our dwelling place
in all generations.
Before the mountains were brought forth,
or ever you had formed the earth and the world,
from everlasting to everlasting you are God.
You turn us back to dust,
and say, “Turn back, you mortals.”
For a thousand years in your sight
are like yesterday when it is past,
or like a watch in the night.
You sweep them away; they are like a dream,
like grass that is renewed in the morning;
in the morning it flourishes and is renewed;
in the evening it fades and withers.
For we are consumed by your anger;
by your wrath we are overwhelmed.
You have set our iniquities before you,
our secret sins in the light of your countenance.
So teach us to count our days
that we may gain a wise heart.
(Psalm 90:1-8; 12)
Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.
That mantra for Ash Wednesday
As I smear palm ashes in the shape of a cross
On the foreheads of God’s people
Is a reminder of bad news and best news.
To be sure, the bad news is true.
We are made of dust
And one day we shall return to dust all of us.
And this year, we have been reminded of our dustiness in many ways.
For eight months now a global pandemic has impressed upon us
The dusty vulnerability of our bodies, minds, souls, and communities.
Life is fraying in many different ways for everyone.
And just when it seems like we can take it anymore,
The rate of infection is accelerating faster than ever
Straining health care systems
And community service providers like groceries and pharmacies
and so many other businesses
To the point of breaking.
While once we seemed to flourish
Now if seems like we are withering in many way.
It’s hard to be made of dust.
That’s the bad news.
Yet here’s the best news:
Even the dust has been made by God
And the God who formed the mountains of dust
And the whole world …
The God to whom a thousand years is like yesterday
The God cares enough to enliven your pile of dust
And every other pile of dust living on earth.
And even more than than,
Chooses to share our dusty lives as well
For the sake of demonstrating that God’s care for us
Is unconditional and eternal
When our dust seems to be flourishing
Or times like these when our dust is withering.
Remember that you are dust.
God’s dust … filled with life that God loves forever.