My hands mark the sign of the cross
on the foreheads of those near and dear to me,
tears begin to trickle down my face
as I look into their eyes and say the words,
"Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust."
And as the ashes trace
the sign of the cross on their foreheads,
I am reminded of the mortality of each of them,
Reminded that death does and will come,
But also reminded of the love and mercy
of the One who promises He will
Never leave or forsake us.
Christ hung on the cross as he, too
was faced with his own mortality,
Giving the ultimate sacrifice,
Dying on the cross for each of us,
Again reminding us that
God will never leave or forsake us.
And so, as we leave with the
sign of the cross traced on our foreheads,
We again are reminded of our mortality;
"Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust"
"From Dust you came,
"To Dust you shall return."
(Copyright Tara L. Ulrich)