A More Light Congregation

Bethany Presbyterian Church

Seasonal Prayer

“We are all temporarily not dirt.”

The elements in your body are made from stardust

calcium and iron, mixed with marrow and sinew

stretched just like that God-child with skin

that one day will again, become dust.

Blessings on the cosmic dust

Of all creation from which we come and into which we will return,

and in the meantime,

blessings on the dust in which you journey,

blessings on the dust that you will shake off your feet,

blessings on the dust that smudges foreheads and hands in ancient days,

and on this day,

bear this holy dust mark knowing you are not alone,

you are all made from the same dust

that busted forth at the birthplace of creation,

and you belong, in life and in death, to the one who calls you beloved.

You belong to God.


~Reverend Shawna Bowman