Dust you are and to dust you will return!
"By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return." Genesis 3:19
"All go to the same place; all come from dust, and to dust all return!" Ecclesiastes 3:20
Augustine used to say he did not know whether to call it a dying life—or a living death. I leave the choice between those two expressions to you.
This is certainly a dying life—its march is marked by graves.
Nothing but a continuous miracle keeps any one of us from the sepulcher!
Were omnipotence to stay its power but for a moment—we would return to our native dust.
It is a dying life—and it is equally true that it is a living death.
We are always dying.
Every beating pulse we count, leaves but the number less.
The more years we count in our life—the fewer remain.
Are you afraid of dying? Oh! never be afraid of that—be afraid of living.
Living is the only thing which can do any harm—dying can never hurt a Christian.
Christian! You are nearer your eternal home than you thought you were—and every moment you are getting nearer still!
Oh, it would be indeed horrible if we could not die!
Who wants to be chained to this poor life for centuries?
"For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain."
"I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far!"