John Duncan St Columba bidding farewell to the White Horse

John Duncan, St Columba bidding Farewell to the White Horse (1925)

Remember, child, that you are dust

and to dust you shall return.


In Lent we are faced with our own mortality.

Faced with the fact that we all shall return to the dust one day.

Death is the unavoidable companion

who walks with us whether we welcome it or not.

We pray that God will help us cut through the self-delusion

and pretense that we can do it on our own.


If you were faced with death tomorrow,

how would you live life today?

What changes would you make?

What things need to be said… or unsaid?

What would you like to do while you have the time?

What is essential and what can be left behind?


And how would you like to be remembered?

For what are you grateful?


Pause now to give thanks for all the blessings you have received…

Our time on earth is brief,

filled with wonder, joy, sorrow and pain.

When our breath is gone

you will receive us into our forever home.

Then we will never be separated from your love.

Help us to die to our old lives

and rise to new life with you.


Our sins are already forgiven

for God loves you with an everlasting love.

Memento mori.

Remember you must die.


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