Ashes to Ashes

Post Author: Rev. Merianna Harrelson

Ashes to ashes
Dust to dust –
Homes destroyed
By earthquakes
Now covered in dust.

Ashes to ashes
Dust to dust –
A whole year
Of bombings
Now heaps of rumble
Frozen in ice.

Ashes to ashes
Dust to dust –
Are our hearts
Frozen in rust?
Too much hurt,
Too much pain
To take in. 

Ashes to ashes
Dust to dust –
We have but one life
To live
To love
To hope.

Ashes to ashes
Dust to dust –
Open our eyes
Soften our hearts
Move our feet
To action. 

A decorative image of a small blue and gold cross against a white background, lit from above.


The Rev. Merianna Harrelson is the Pastor of Garden of Grace United Church of Christ. She is the author of Morning Light: A 30-Day Devotion Journey and Toast the Day: A 30-Day Prayer Journey. She is also a Spiritual Director. 

Image by: Merianna Harrelson
Used with permission
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