Prepare for Joy: A Handful of Dust


…And I will show you something that is different from either
Your shadow at morning striding behind you
Or your shadow at evening rising to meet you;
I will show you fear in a handful of dust.
~T.S.Eliot from “The Wasteland”


This shadowland we live in
is not all there is
nor will ever be.We are tangible dust
arising from the ground
and settling back into it
when the soil reclaims us.
There need be no fear
moving beyond shadow to the light
that created it.
Morning, as always, sets fire to doubt.

By the sweat of your face You will eat bread,
Till you return to the ground,
Because from it you were taken;
For you are dust,
And to dust you shall return.
Genesis 3:19


An Appreciative Audience

“We are here to abet creation and to witness it, to notice each thing so each thing gets noticed. Together we notice not only each mountain shadow and each stone on the beach but we notice each other’s beautiful face and complex nature so that creation need not play to an empty house.”
Annie Dillard

Creation is in desperate need of an appreciative audience.  Beyond polite applause and positive reviews, it deserves a devoted following with reverential bowed heads and bended knees, not missing even one tiny detail of its expanse and grandeur.

Yet, instead of adopting an attitude of submission and gratitude for the small part we play, our modern culture claims every one of us has a hidden leader inside needing to be spawned and molded by strength-based leadership training initiatives. The ultimate fulfillment of our destiny is to learn to take charge, be empowered, overcome weaknesses, assert needs, demand to be seen and heard and followed.


Our destiny is noticing, hearing, appreciating, witnessing, sacrificing, obeying.

Our fulfillment is in worshipful followership.

Otherwise, we will forget
we came from dust
and to dust we must return.