We acknowledge today that we are dust and that to dust we will return, O God.
Keep us ever mindful of our mortality so that we will live each moment to its fullest and so that we will at the same time not overestimate our importance.
And yet...what are we that you are mindful of us and that when you are mindful of us you care for us? What are we that you love us?
Keep us mindful of your love for us that is seen in so many ways but most clearly in the life, death, and resurrection of your Son Jesus, who became dust for our sake that we might know the true enlivening of the dust that we are.
We are dust and to dust we will return--thanks be to God.
We are yours and to you we will return--thanks be to God.