A Blameless Life Is A Ripe Old Age:
A reading from the Book of Wisdom
But a just man, though he dies early, shall be at rest. For the age that is honorable comes not with the passing of time, nor can it be measured in terms of years. Rather, understanding is the hoary crown for men, and an unsullied life, the attainment of old age. He who pleased God was loved; he who lived among sinners was transported-snatched away, lest wickedness pervert his mind or deceit beguile his soul; for the wither whirl of desire transforms the innocent mind. Having become perfect in a short while, he reached the fullness of a long career: for his soul was pleasing to the Lord, therefore he sped him out of the midst of wickedness. But the people did not understand, of grace and mercy are with his holy ones, and his care is with his elect.
The Word of the Lord.
"Dust in the Wind" is the title of a song released by the
American progressive rock band Kansas in 1977. It peaked at number six on the Billboard Hot 100 chart the week of April 22, 1978, making it Kansas' only top ten Billboard Hot 100 charting single. The 45-rpm single was certified gold for sales of one million units by the RIAA shortly after the height of its popularity as a hit single. More than 25 years later, the RIAA certified gold the digital download format of the song, Kansas's only single so certified as of September 17, 2008.
Written by Kerry Livgren, it was one of the band's first
acoustic tracks; its slow melody and philosophical lyrics differ from their other hits, such as "Carry On Wayward Son" and "Magnum Opus". The guitar part is played by two guitarists on six-string guitars, one in standard tuning and the other in Nashville tuning, in unison to create a chimy sound similar to a twelve-string guitar. The song's instrumental bridge contains a distinctive and highly memorable melodic line and harmony for violin and viola played by Robby Steinhardt. The lyrics are philosophical and have a sobering message, especially in the last verse which begins: "Don't hang on/Nothing lasts forever but the Earth and Sky". Kansas also released a live version of the song on their album: Two for the Show.