"By the sweat of your face/you shall eat bread,/till you return to the ground,/for out of it you were taken;/for you are dust,/and to dust you shall return." Genesis 3:19
I am dust.
Today, is the first day of the rest of my life - Ash Wednesday, a day we Catholics and many Christians use as time remebering Christ's 40 days in the desert fending off Satan.
I have not fended off Satan.
I am dust, bone sinew, lard, muscle and ego.
Jesus was born in Roman occupied Palestine more tha 2,00 years ago with me in mind. He was later tortured, scourged, mocked, crowned with thorns and crucified with me in mind. He rose from the dead and Triumphed over sin, death and despair with me in mind.
My problem is was and has been that I do not keep Christ in mind. I allowed myself to listen to Satan and put things above people. I am an afflicted - self afflicted - gambler. Satan still has my ears of the last few months. I forget how blessed I am.
Today, I will remember how blessed I am and I will take ashes and pray and fast try to give Satan the 'not welcome here' mat.
Ashes - I am Dust.