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Dawn on me:
Internal status update:
That cremation essentially signifies “from dust you are and to dust you will return”. (Gen. 3.19)
Lord, during this Lent season, I want to be more than ash. You gave me your spirit and life, and under your authority, I’m seated in heavenly places. From dust I was, and although my earthly body will perish along with the best of us, my spirit is yours to take and yours to refine with fire. Although a cremator has the strength to generate 1600-1800 F to ensure disintegration of the corpse, I know you have the strength to refine my heart with heat more powerful than this industrial machine. You have the ability to purify; you’ve already given me all of your love, but I still look up; refine me, not to dust, but to your presence.