- By: Pastor Betsy Dart
The rhythm of life and death is God's gift to people. As people created to make choices and to love and to share our lives with others,
it is easy to lose track of the things that make for wholeness and health. Temptations can lead to greed, complacency, or selfishness.
Evil attacks our best efforts to protect ourselves and those we love from danger. All the way back to our very beginnings,
sin has estranged us from God and each other. Thanks be to God who has redeemed us from the extreme penalty of death as the final end.
In fact, the wisdom of God has transformed death into a blessing that frees us from the curse of this world. Once again, I am
amazed at God's grace and peace in this rhythm of life and death. Our family celebrated the 92 years of a live well lived with
my Mother Carolyn. As your families have done, there was laughter and tears remembering stories and looking at pictures.
There were hugs and hopes as we look forward to the joys of eternal life where the resurrection body does not grow old or have
disease or imperfections. There is joy thinking about seeing Jesus face to face and celebrating new life with those of the saints
in light we have loved and known. But just now, when our human senses depend on touch and sight and hearing, the absence of our
loved ones brings loss and sorrow.
God's mercy and grace come flooding in with the joy of children holding a baby in your arms and romping with a preschooler.
Life, then death, then life again and again and again. Thanks be to God.