Before our grandchildren could talk, our daughter taught them to deal with their minor toddler falls with a simple “Brush it off!” She illustrated this by brushing her hands together, an action the children quickly picked up and often used as a means of showing that they understood when something was a nonissue. Brushing those hands together has become, for me, symbolic of brushing off the “dust man,” the mortal man described in the second chapter of Genesis.
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