Today’s writing assignment is to head to flickr.com/explore and select a picture at random that speaks to you.
This one definitely caught my attention, especially as I have thought about Easter.
I have always loved spring. Birds are singing. Flowers are beginning to bloom. Buds begin appearing on trees. The proof of new life is all around us. I think the connection between faith and nature is so powerful when you stop and think about it. In winter, everything seems empty, dark, and almost lifeless however with the change of the season everything has a chance to be reborn.
I think to truly appreciate the beauty of spring, we must acknowledge the barrenness of winter. I think the same is true with the celebration of Easter. Easter brings the promise of new life through the miracle of the resurrection. What a beautiful day! As believers we put a lot of focus on Easter Sunday (which is not necessarily a bad thing) but if we don’t stop to consider the dark that came before the dawn of the resurrection I think we are missing the point. I love that my church has a service on Good Friday. Its not a service where you come in a pretty dress or singing “Up From The Grave He Arose.” It is a service to revisit the pain and the sacrifice that Christ endured for each and every one of us.
When we allow ourselves time to pray and medicate on the events that transpired when Christ died on the cross, the even more beautiful our appreciation of the Resurrection! What once was dead is now alive! Through the Resurrection, Christ conquered death and paved the way for our salvation. Just as the trees in spring, we have the opportunity to be reborn. We can have new and abundant life and that is something to be celebrated!
You may be asking yourself why I’m talking about Easter when I’m working on a Health Activist Writer’s challenge since I’m talking about my faith instead of my health. The reason for that is because I’ve realized they go hand in hand. Just as spring brings new life to nature, I have a new life (and a new body) awaiting me in heaven. But even now while I’m still on earth, the Spirit continually breathe new life into me as long as I’m open to it and it is through that renewal of faith and spirit that I feel like I can keep pressing forward in battling chronic illness and continue to choose hope.