"And the one who was seated on the throne said, ‘See, I am making all things new.’ Also he said, “write this, for these words are trustworthy and true.’” Revelation 21:5
We approach the season of Lent with solemnity and introspection. It is a time of reflecting upon our own lives and our inner selves, seeking to cast out the negative that causes us to live and act in unGodly ways. Our hope and longing for Easter and resurrection becomes the light that gives us courage through this whole process of self-denial and brings us to a place of re-creation, not a new thing, but one who is made new by the power of Christ’s resurrection, a gift most definitely given to us in unconditional love.
As I mused over this concept of resurrection, it became apparent to me that we experience numerous resurrections during our lifetimes. Sadly, we cannot experience resurrection without first walking through death. Let’s take a moment and consider what types of death and resurrection we experience in our lives.
When I left home to go to Texas for basic training, that was a death for me. I knew my life was never to be the same. My resurrection was the more mature, stronger, confident person that I became. My daughters’ weddings, though truly joyous, were somewhat a death for me because our lives and relationships would change. I had to deal with no longer being the number one man in their lives, but the glad resurrection is their successful marriages and seeing their happiness and we’re still close. In 2000, I stepped away from my kids at school and left the public schools behind me, a death. I was resurrected into full time parish ministry according to God’s will. Now, I am on the threshold of another death. After 43 years under appointment by the bishop, I must prepare physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually to accept and dissolve into this death called retirement. I do not yet know all that the resurrection will hold or what new horizons it will take me to, but I know that God is with me and there is newness ahead.
Our lives are cycles of death and resurrection, just like fall turning to winter and winter to spring. It’s acceptable to grieve those deaths, or maybe not to grieve. Either way, we can celebrate the resurrections and the new things that they bring us to and the new joys we experience.
Observe a Holy Lent and Celebrate the Resurrection.