Life in/through/from death.

October 3, 2008

My friend, Steph, got me thinking about autumn yesterday.  The colors, the scents, and the thoughts that this season ushers in.

I’m glad I was born in the month of October. There’s something beautiful about autumn. There’s almost a solemn preparation for winter. The air is crisper; the world seems more awake than it did during the summer. There’s a beauty in the dying, a beauty in the sweet surrender of the life that faithfully comes and goes — rusty oranges, deep reds, golden-edged yellows, and transient shades of brown. It reminds me of spiritual truths.

This is our Creator’s handiwork.  This is how He would portray the season of dying — with rich, warm, attention-drawing colors, as if to say, “See?  See how there is beauty in death?  See how beautifully they die?  See how they die gracefully, regally … but not purposelessly, not with finality?”

But each day is a new lesson on how to die to myself so I can experience the rebirth that comes from the gospel of the cross, waiting, hoping and trusting …
(Stephanie Shin)

We do not die to ourselves just to die.  We die that we might live and be raised with Christ.  That we might walk in newness of life.  That we might display His life, His person in us.

Take my life and let it be,
A hidden cross revealing Thee.

(C.T. Studd)

It’s a blessing to celebrate the life He’s given during such a season.

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6 Responses to “Life in/through/from death.”

  1. rulookingforjesus Says:

    stay strong and keep God first in your life.

    Grace and Peace.
    Rod

  2. tia Says:

    Thanks, Rod :]

  3. simp1ysteph Says:

    letia ❤ it’s good to know that even when we don’t get to talk, we’re on the same page…

  4. simp1ysteph Says:

    tia, do you see your “possibly related posts”?

    “microwave killer spared death”

    hahahaha.

  5. Ruth Ann Says:

    I think you just made me like autumn a little bit more.

  6. tia Says:

    steph: hahahaha … those links are so random … and yes, i realize this post can seem grossly morbid if misinterpreted :]

    ruth ann: woohoo! shall we go leaves-crunching? :]


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