“Remember, you are dust and to dust you will return. ” (Gen 3:19)
I’m pretty sure that the writer didn’t mean it quite the way I do, for he was surely not aware of the “big bang” theory of cosmology.
I think the writer refers to the Gen 2:7 which relates: “Yahweh God shaped man from the soil of the ground and blew the breath of life into his nostrils and man became a living being.”
He could not have known that an even more wondrous explanation was actually true. God brought, by his Word, a universe of particles into being, governed by a set of laws. From this “generation I stars” would form. After millions of years, they would use up their fuel, collapse upon themselves and under extreme pressure and heat, they would literally blow themselves to bits, spewing gaseous clouds of heavier elements into expanding realms.
In places, these gases would become gathered and gravity would cause their collapse, until a new star was born which would radiate and as it rotated, pull other smaller clouds around it. Bits and pieces would coalesce into planets, some made of gases themselves, but a few made of iron.
One of them became known as the blue dot, gathering over time an atmosphere, cooling, allowing the rain to collect in pools and oceans. Bombarded by other bodies, it became rich in elements, and in a way we as yet do not fully understand, elements of carbon combined with others, and began replicating.
Billions of years went by, and the replications grew in complexity and adaptation. And one day, a human looked upward and wondered, “where did I come from?”
From this beginning of beginnings, began the quest to know ourselves and our creator. We, star dust of distant long exploded stars, enter this holy and quiet time, asking ourselves who we are, where we have failed, how we can do better, and how we can grow ever closer to the one who began our journey.
May you begin this day to have a blessed and fruitful Lenten season.
- Lent (A Series): Ash Wednesday (ptl2010.wordpress.com)
- Today is Ash Wednesday, the start of Lent (philly.com)
- Another Prayer for Ash Wednesday (godspace.wordpress.com)
- Lent (strugglingonthejourney.wordpress.com)