The theme of the month this February seems to be dust. Dust is everywhere! Not just in my garage and around my house, revealed once all the snow early in the month melted and then accumulating as we have gone a couple of weeks without either rain or snow, but as a theme. The church began this theme back on February 10, Ash Wednesday, when we heard the words, “remember you are dust, and to dust you shall return”.

I have been feeling my growing age recently, and at times feel that as I begin to slow down, both physically and professionally, I am beginning to “gather dust”. That is not a great feeling, but I know that whatever the inevitability of this trend in the long run, it is still possible for me to “shake off the dust” and move ahead.

Another aspect of this theme in February has come to us via the world of politics. I really care about politics and have been paying attention to all of the primary debates and speeches, so am particularly dismayed this year by how not “dusty”, but dirty the political process has become. All that mud that is being slung will turn to dust when it dries out.

Although Jan is much more committed to keeping our house neat and clean than I am, even I begin to feel discouraged with this theme – too much dust in our lives just clogs things up so they don’t run smoothly.

So I was really touched again yesterday in worship when our third song began – “Beautiful Things”.

All this pain, I wonder if I’ll ever find my way; I wonder if my life could really change at all.

All this earth, could all that is lost ever be found; could a garden come up from this ground at all?

You make beautiful things, you make beautiful things out of the dust;

You make beautiful things, you make beautiful things out of us.

It doesn’t matter if I am beginning to gather dust – I am dust! And God makes beautiful things out of the dust! I know that this is true, because I have seen and experienced it myself.

Thank you God, for making beautiful things out of dust! You created us out of dust, and so we are wonderfully made. Calm my heart and allow me to look past the surface of the problems and challenges in my life to see the beloved child of God who you have made me to be. Help me to see the beauty in my life and in the lives of those around me every day. Amen.

David Erickson-Pearson

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