April 2017 Jim's Reflection

As we move toward Holy Week, we continue to reflect on what it means to life a full life; and how, in the midst of "ashes to ashes and dust to dust", we are able to find resurrection and new life.
I always think of a trip I made through Yellowstone National Park back in the early 90's. A massive fire had destroyed a large part of the park, and we drove past what seemed like thousands of charred and fallen trees. Yet springing from these trees, and the bare spots in between, were pieces of green. Grass and saplings were bringing new life to this area of devastation.
Fredrick Buechner, in his book Wishful Thinking,
has a piece entitled "Life."
He writes:
"After lecturing learnedly on miracles, a great theologian was asked to give a specific example of one. 'There is only one miracle,' he answered. 'It is life.'
-Have you wept at anything during the past year?
-Has your heart beat faster at the sight of young beauty?
-Have you thought seriously about the fact that someday you are going to die?
-More often than not, do you really listen when people are speaking to you instead of just waiting for your turn to speak?
-Is there anybody you know in whose place, if one of your had to suffer great pain, you would
volunteer yourself?
If your answer to all or most of these questions is No, the chances are that you're dead."
During our upcoming Holy Week, we walk through times of darkness to get to the place of Easter Morning light. We cling to the hope that God is with us in the midst of betrayal, sadness, despair, loss, and death. We are Easter people, believing that renewal and resurrection can come on the heels of our darkest days. We are people called to move from death to life.
As we look to the many events and opportunities ahead of us in the next weeks, and this month, might we seek to let God continue to work within and through us, bringing life and healing to ourselves, and the world.