Dust and breath

         God formed a human from the dust of the ground,
         and breathed into their nostrils the breath of life;
         and they became a living being

                  â€”Genesis 2.7

You are dust and breath,
matter and energy,
earth and Spirit.

Neither alone:
their need for each other,
their love of each other.

God is the love, the dance,
both wedded.

That’s what makes us human.
Return to the bothness.

God, to be true to our dust,
true to our breath,

your breath, your dust,
your bothness, your usness.

Give our love flesh,
our dust breath,
our death life.

Give our us you,
so we may give you
our us.

Steve Garnaas-Holmes
Unfolding Light

Ash Wednesday, February 26, 2020

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