Becoming Holy

Ashes to Ashes

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“Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return.” It’s Ash Wednesday and the older I get the more I recognize the beauty in it.  Taking a day and starting anew.  A second chance at New Year’s Resolutions. A day free from food.  Free from the burdens we are choosing to cast off during this holy season. A day to ponder our “being dust.”  An even more beautiful saying always comes to my mind today~”Remember that you are dust, but very PRECIOUS dust.”  My aunt, Sr. Mary, is known to share that sentiment on Ash Wednesday, marking this day on the calendar with that special quote. I remember being young and reading that and feeling very special before God. That is truly His desire~to remind us of the fleeting nature of our earthly existence while letting us know how precious we are to Him.

I actually believe that it all comes down to that. When Jesus asks in the Gospel, “Who do you say that I am?”, we have to give an answer to that question.  Peter, infused by the Holy Spirit, responds, “I say you are the Christ, the Son of the Living God.” We need to be ready with our answer. We also need to ask that question of God.  “Who do you say that I am?”  We need to be open to His answer before asking the question.  We are His beloved. His precious dust. We are the reason He came and became man. Why He suffered and died for us.  Until we know both who He is and who we are to Him, we are going to struggle. There is a beautiful song by Jason Gray which has transformed my life and how I view myself before God. God has found ways to use this song in my life to remind me I am His beloved.  Understanding that Jesus is our Beloved and we are His Beloved changes everything~and everyone!

 

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