So sitting near the altar in the church today is a chrystal bowl filled with ashes and anointing oil. It is the remenant of Ash Wednesday Services in which we as the church remember the imminent reality of death. The reality that one day, in accordance with God's will, God will call all of us to himself to give an accounting of our lives.
How thankful I am to be alive in Christ no matter what happens. To rest solely in the grace he has afforded me in the cross. This places me in a situation of utter need and complete helplessness. Abandonement of self and ability before God. Only he can save me, only his mercy remains.
From dust you came, to dust you shall return. Repent and believe the gospel.