Divine and Dusty: Embodied Prayers for Lent

Sunday, February 28, 2021


Katie Snipes Lancaster

Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal; but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6:19–21

Someone spoke to me last night,
told me the truth. Just a few words,
but I recognized it.
I knew I should make myself get up,
write it down, but it was late,
and I was exhausted from working
all day in the garden, moving rocks.
Now, I remember only the flavor—
not like food, sweet or sharp.
More like a fine powder, like dust.
And I wasn’t elated or frightened,
but simply rapt, aware.
That’s how it is sometimes—
God comes to your window,
all bright light and black wings,
and you’re just too tired to open it.
—Dorianne Laux: “Dust”

O Treasure
Speak to me your truth.
Just a few words.
Enough that I can hear.
Enough that I can recognize you,
Present and near,
Divine and dusty.

February 28, 2021

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