In confronting our own fears we open the space up and allow God's healing Spirit in. Instead of death we find life, instead of despair we find life. The truthfulness of our lives confronts the seeds of destruction more than our denials ever will. Life in God comes when we understand that we must die. Our whole spiritual journey is about confronting death and bringing truth into our lives. At the start of our journey we 'die' as we are baptised. Death is there at the beginning but we are too young to understand which is why our parents and Godparents take that responsibility on for us. We take that responsibility on board at confirmation. Death is only a pre-cursor to life. Next week we begin our week long journey to the cross beginning with Palm Sunday. It is a passionate story that leads through every imaginable emotion but ends in the knowledge and understanding that God is present in every single moment of our lives even at the point of death.
Can we accept God's gift of life?
In our lostness we turn a blind eye to God's love feeling abandoned and neglected. Yet, we need only accept the change that God brings and open our eyes to the working of the Spirit within our lives that we will begin to understand that we have never been abandoned. We see with eyes of the lost not with eyes of the found. We see with eyes of fear not with eyes of hope. We see with eyes of abandonment not with eyes of love. Last week I spoke of seeing with the eyes of God now we need to see with eyes that are turned outward not inward on our own depression. Hope burgeons all around us if we only had eyes with which to see. In place of grief see happiness, in place of loss see new life, in place of depression see hope.