April 16

DAILY READINGS: Lev. 23:23-44; Psalms 135:1-136:26; Mark 9:14-32

For you are dust, and to dust you shall return. Genesis 3:19

Every time we stand in a cemetery beside a coffin and hear the words “dust unto dust,” we are reminded of the entrance of sin into this world. These words were spoken to Adam after he and Eve had disobeyed God. Before that there was no death, no cemeteries, no graves and no separation from loved ones. But there is an answer. “For the wages of sin is death, but the free
gift of God is eternal life” (Romans 6:23). Praise God there is hope in a gift of eternal life that God generously offers. Accept
that gift today and be saved. —M. Robins

Dust to dust, the mortal dies, Both the foolish and the wise;
God my waiting soul shall save, He will raise me from the grave.
—Author Unknown