Sunday, April 4, 2010

Easter


As I drove through budding trees sprouting new growth, I wanted to say something about Easter, something profound without being preachy. I didn't want the day to go unnoticed. Although this is the holiest day of the Liturgical calendar, it has a more universal meaning to me this year.
The ancient Greeks believed the cycle of nature-- birth, growth, reproduction, death-- proved the existence of a higher being. The Taoist turn to nature for centeredness, as do the Transcendentalists. Jesus went into the desert for forty days before Easter to become more purely spiritually connected , and today's holiday represents a new addition to the life cycle, one that includes an afterlife. Today, to me, is about the shared experience of life-- of being human, not divided by religion or politics, but one human organism connected to the cycle of nature manifested within us. I hope your day was wonderful.

2 comments:

Mellene Reilly said...

that was truly beautiful and not at all preachy. thank you for slowing down long enough to write that.

Nadine @ BDG said...

Thank you so much for saying so--
just got in from a walk where I met 87 year old Forrest Clock (oh the irony of the name) who told me about his life in Islip. His wife passed away last year after 61 years of marriage-- and there it was, that life cycle thing again. After I said my good-byes, I plopped on my headphones only to hear an Iron and Wine song, Each Coming Night. I nearly started bawling since the lyrics are as follows- Will you say to them when I’m gone
"I loved your son for his sturdy arms
We both learned to cradle then live without"
If you don't know the song-- it's lovely.