What does God do with dust?
He breathes upon it and creates new life.
As Chrysostom said: “Dust now sits at the right hand of God.”*
This was the theme of the Ash Wednesday service last night at the First United Methodist Church in Kirksville (our family’s home church, which has been a wonderful presence of grace to us throughout the pandemic).
This year for Lent, Candace and I are reading aloud Tish Warren’s Prayer in the Night, using it to pray compline; and reading Malcolm Guite’s Word in the Wilderness, in company with a Rabbit Room reading group.
* See Gerrit Dawson, Jesus Ascended (2004).