Remember That You Are Dust

Today is Ash Wednesday. It’s the beginning of the penitential season of Lent, when the Christian story reminds us of the mortality that brackets our existence.

“Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”

That’s good news.

The freedom we have to live, to create, to love, is only possible because it is bounded. Without constraints true freedom is impossible. We haven’t always been. We won’t always be. Thanks be to God.

We are only now, and in this moment of grace we can do astonishing things, make beautiful things, reach out, connect, give. Because we are dust we can do all that and more.

Immortality is not only impossible–it’s also a copout.

Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return, and go make something great.