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Stripped.  Layer by layer.  Laid bare: wood, dirt, bones; impulse, intention, motivation.

All dust.

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And yet … this dust that I am is animated, by breath, spirit, ruach.

And the dust to which I shall return was once a star blazing bright.

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This self-examination is not for list-making, for finding faults one, two, three, and more.

This is self-examination with an eye to repentance.

This is self-examination to find God’s call in the unsought, unwelcome, and unwanted places in our world, our lives, our hearts.

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This is trusting the love of God to raise us up from that bare dirt into glory.

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