Feb 25, 2017

Prayer Reflection: The Dust's Redemption

Here’s a thoughtful reflection on dush and ash. It was written by Rachel Hackenberg, and posted on RevGalBlogPals.

The Dust’s Redemption
(inspired by Genesis 3:19, Ecclesiastes 12:7, Genesis 13:16)

still looking for redemption in the dust
still sorting through these ashes for meaning
like spreading out puzzle pieces on a table or
kneeling down to draw on the ground,
tracing lines in the dirt that extend
back to the dust promised to Abraham,
who sat down and tried to count each particle
when God said his offspring would be so numerous
and here I am: a dusty offspring, grateful if mystified
that dust and ashes matter to the almighty God,
that a clump of dirt can be breathed into life;
I wonder if the scatteredness I feel
is the memory of my dust
recalling its fellowship with all dust
when we were spread out on the ground together
being pushed and shoved and counted
by the finger of Abraham;
if there is meaning in these ashes
perhaps it can be found not only in the Breath
but also in the camaraderie of dust to dust
and ashes to ashes.

~ written by Rachel Hackenberg, and posted on RevGalBlogPals. http://revgalblogpals.org/author/rachelhackenberg/