Death, Dying and Lent

There was a man and a woman in the Garden. They were commanded to tend to the space, joining the Gardener in the creative process of facilitating life and growth. There, of course, were boundaries. Tend to the garden, mind the boundaries.

As we understand, the boundary was toed, and then in a moment of weakness, a moment of grasping at power, the boundary was crossed. It was in that moment that death entered the story. It may have been when her teeth sunk into the fruit, but it was probably before that, when she began to doubt.

Regardless, the death that entered the story was not a metaphorical death (although it was, certainly) but a very real, earthy, untimely death. We all feel this in our bones when we think, it wasn't meant to be like this.

And Christ, hanging from the cross cried out about forsakenness. It wasn't meant to be like this.

So we join in the suffering and death. We look into our own hearts, and face all the ways we add to the feeling that it wasn't meant to be like this. The good news of Jesus is that he suffered and died to make all things new, to set things right, and to restore life to how it was meant to be.

This is a part of a series of daily reflections on the season of Lent.
images from Creative Theology after the jump