Spiritual Life: The gift of life, and death of death

PUBLISHED: 08:00 24 March 2018


Spring is a season for flowers, celebrating the gift of new life.

For Christians, approaching the season of Easter, this gift is very much in our minds as we celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus from the dead.

However, as we travel around Redbridge, we also see flowers used in another way on our streets.

Flowers on a lamppost mean something far less comfortable.

Usually they have been placed by a relative to mark where someone they love died, most often in an accident.

As the bereaved struggle to come to terms with their loss, flowers at the site are an expression of love… and maybe a cry to the world that their loved one not be forgotten.

They shout to whoever is listening that this is wrong.

People are too special, too important, to simply be ripped from our lives before their time has come (and perhaps we’ll never be prepared for separation, even after a long and full life).

As a society, we are less aware and connected to the reality of death than ever before.

We shy away from any thought of death, preferring to live in denial and acting as if we’ll live forever.

That may be why so many are moved to mark the places where death intruded into that dream.

Easter, however, is not just the gift of life, it’s also the death of death.

Jesus is risen, and death is defeated.

For those who believe, those flowers can be expressions not only of love but also of the hope of new life.

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