For your servants hold her stones dear and have pity on her dust. Psalm 102:14
This ties to the previous verse about God’s timing to favor us and to show pity upon us in our afflictions.
The times we are downcast are the times where the stones that are important to us are scattered all around. Maybe as it was in the time of ancient Israel that endured the Temple’s destruction it is the continual presence of those dear stone strewn on the ground. Even pity on the dust speaks to the symbolism of lowliness in our most dire times.
In the Ash Wednesday service where ashes are placed our foreheads and we are reminded that we are dust, and to dust we shall return; we meditate anew in the fact that God has pity even on the lowliest, the dust.
Too often in our afflictions we lose sight of the Lord’s love for His people.
Services such as Ash Wednesday remind us that Jesus Christ died for us, people created in the image of God from the lowliest of substances, dust. He raises us up in His glory to love and serve Him.
Almighty God, we thank you for your loving care of us even in our lowest of times. We ask for your continued favor upon us to aid us in loving those you have commanded us to love, sinners in need of love. We ask all this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.