Friday, July 02, 2010
The Spark of Life
By Scott Phillips
What can you say to the things of life and circumstance? What can be said to those times when words are weak to describe the feeling that is deep within your soul? When a child is born, there is no way to communicate the joy of looking into the eyes of a new human soul? The same sort of mystery when you stand in the company of the sorrowful as a loved one has passed from this world.
When you look into your children's eyes and the closed lids of the breathless, both leave you speechless in wonder and awe. Life in its essence when it arrives and departs you can sense the unseen reality of eternity.
I wonder what it was like for those simple shepherds to behold the face of the Christ child. And then to consider the feeling of the soldier who's spear pierced the side of this same human flesh and to behold the revelation as one stared at this same wrapping of life, when life had left it dead and without the spark.
The greatest wonder of all is to consider when Mary turned and beheld he that was dead, alive. When the disciples looked in wonder at the risen Christ. When Thomas looked at the hands and gazed into that chasm in his side.
When life had been lost, to see it recaptured in he who was dead but was yet alive, vibrant with an even deeper dimension of life, the spark of life had become a flaming inferno of eternal reality.
In a short period of thirty three years, life began and ended in the humanity of a single man. However and thankfully, in a short seventy two hour period life returned never to leave again. When life returned, it would never leave and this miracle of recaptured life, would ignite a hope of humanity to propel people into the ends
of the world with a zeal for this man who recaptured life from death.
To consider my life, the life of my children and those I love. To consider that life is like a whisp of wind that blows across the fields of our life, there is hope to recapture what has been lost. Life in a moment will ignite into an eternal day. That is the hope we have when we gaze upon the departed. That as we see their eyelids closed, in another world and another day, they are opening their eyes in a kingdom that shall never end.
Living today and knowing that Hope is just beyond my last breath,
In Him, By Him, Through Him,
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