One of the recurrent themes in the Bible is of life created out of sterility or death. With my nephew's transplant operation coming up in just a few hours, it just brings to mind powerfully the way's that we as a society working with modern medicine have worked to be able to perform acts of love to bring life from what otherwise would be only death. That is so much more true in a situation like this- where a heart transplant is the kind of life that can only come tragically from another death. In this season of reflection in preparing for Easter and in this shadow of waiting to see if my nephew will have a new lease on life, a hymn about death and renewed life seems appropriate. Now the Green Blade Riseth is a favorite of mine.
In celebrating Easter I hope we can seek not just to celebrate the past, but to find ways to participate in the renewing of life and the world.
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