This February I celebrated my 80th birthday! I must admit that at times during the year I questioned whether I would make it to that milestone, because my health has been deteriorating. But,thanks be to God and to the care of my doctors and my wife I am seeing another Spring. Perhaps that is why I am seeing Spring in a different way this year! I am reminded by what I see around me that Jesus told his disciples that a seed must die before it can be brought forth (resurrected) and bloom and produce fruit. As I was coming home from my doctor’s office today, the flowering pear trees were blooming, the trees were budded and will soon produce leaves, and the somber and stark winter landscape is rapidly becoming green and inviting and beautiful again. That is the miracle of spring. That is the miracle of resurrection!
Nature each year goes through the process of death and resurrection, as Richard Rohr reminds us in many of his books. As part of God’s creation, why should we think we will not go through the same process, and that after we die we will be resurrected to something glorious and beautiful, just as the trees and flowers that I see all around me this Spring?
Something to ponder…..