Dirt/As You Come

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-48359571

That link will get you an article from the good folks at the BBC about Washington state legalizing human composting. You might be thinking that means humanure – the composting of human shit. That’s what I thought at first, but it’s actually about composting dead humans, which is totally okay with me. Turning people into dirt is eco-friendly and right in line with Ecclesiastes 3:20 – ” All go to one place; all are from the dust, and all turn to dust again.” Anything that is good for the environment and in accord with Scripture is a win/win.

I am a dyed in the wool green Christian. God made a beautiful and amazing planet and put the first people in it as gardeners. We’re supposed to be taking care of this world, not wrecking it. I’ve wanted for years to have my corpse dumped in the George Washington Nat’l Forest – which is illegal. You can’t just dump bodies in the woods. My second choice would be cremation and then dumped in the GWNF – essentially the same, but not as good for the soil. If this human composting thing works out in WA, it might be legal in VA when I die, which will hopefully be a few years. Virginia is a conservative state – things take longer here. But I’m pretty healthy, all things considered, so it’s possible that my loved one(s) will be able to have me composted and then dump me in the forest, as per my wishes.

Okay, then. The title has a slash in it because this is a two-part entry. The second part comes from a dream I think I had. I say “I think” because I don’t usually remember much or anything about my dreams, but I do sometimes have a phrase in my head upon waking – or thereabouts. In this case, it was sorta floating around the periphery of my awareness until I noticed it there and then it became clear and it was “as you come, so will you be accepted; you will be accepted as you come”. The wording and repetition seems Biblical, so I took it as a quote from the Bible. Turns out, it ain’t. There are some verses that imply the basic idea – Revelation 22:17 is a pretty open invitation -” The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.” And let everyone who hears say, “Come.” And let everyone who is thirsty come. Let anyone who wishes take the water of life as a gift.” There are plenty of other places in the New Testament where we are assured that we will be accepted into the fold no matter what we’ve done or whatever. It does not follow that we will not have to change once we’re in.

We will have to change. Not that we need to do much – be open and willing is pretty much it. In my experience, change happens to us whether we particularly want it or not. For me, almost all changes are for the obvious good – and I have reason to believe that the ones that don’t look good off the starting line will get good later. That’s just how it seems to go. So – I have no reason to think that the phrase which was floating around my brain shortly after I woke up was anything other than Jesus speaking to me through my unconsciousness. That’s another thing – God speaks to people. Well, I believe God speaks to me. Not everyday, but every now and again. Sometimes, it’s big life-changing stuff and sometimes it’s just little whispers, generally encouraging, that float around my awareness until I think to notice them.

As you come to the Lord, the Lord will accept you. Then if y’re willing, the Lord will help you to become what He wants you to be – which is also what y’ve always wanted to be, though you might not know it.

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