“Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was; and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.”
This last portion of the Mystical Court degree verse refers to “ashes to ashes, dust to dust”, which are still the words voiced when we inter (bury) the dead.
While this Master Officer, third degree Vice Grand Commanding Officer degree verse may seem unduly depressing to some, as it describes the deterioration of each individual part of the body; it accurately describes our journey through life and makes us ponder on our choices.
While it describes the deterioration of our physical “temple”, and the passages of time which happen to each of us, we must remember that our ending is the same as our beginning.
The LORD created us, gave us HIS commandments of law and it is to him that we return…which is the final triumph…the one treasure in life that cannot be taken away.
If you have lived your life properly, old age is no longer “the evil days”, but becomes instead, reminiscent of the harvest…the love, the friendships, the experiences and the fond memories…
…the true cornucopia of receiving the “plenty”.