Blessed gift of God's good creation, it is true:
You are dust, made from the rich, dark matter of the earth, a human from Earth's hummus.
You are from this life-giving ground and one day you also will return to the earth.
Nourishing it as it has nourished you.
Nourishing others as they have nourished you.
But, beloved one of God, it is not just dust and soil that make you up.
You are made of stardust, scattered like infinite glitter, sparking and sparkling throughout the universe.
As you journey through Lent this year, return to who you are.
May the Creator bless the dust in you and around you.
May the Word made flesh, who crossed boundaries and borders, affirm your humanity.
May the Spirit spark imagination and wonder in the stardust that lives in you.
You are dust and stardust, and to the cosmos you will return.