Being Human—Mortality

Amy Curran

Read: Philippians 3:7-11

I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead. (vv. 10-11 NIV)

The real difficulty with accepting vulnerability, weakness, or need in others and in ourselves is that they ultimately lead us to accept our own mortality. As long as we can pretend that we are perfect, we don’t have to come to grips with the fact that we are dying. This is the ultimate difficulty, and the ultimate grace, of coming to terms with disability. It’s a difficulty because we who are alive don’t want to think about death. It’s a grace because it’s only in accepting death that we can truly understand the power of the resurrection.

One of my neighbors loves to garden. He loves to work in the soil, plant seeds and water them, and watch them grow. He loves to harvest the garden’s bounty. However, this year as the summer ended and the garden plants began to die, he became sad. He began to talk about his mother, who had passed away. He began to talk about his own advanced age. The death of the garden reminded him of death in general.

Together, my friend and I remembered that we will keep some seeds of this year’s harvest to bury next year. This year’s death will become next year’s life. Together, we remembered that all things must endure death to experience resurrection. —Amy Curran

Prayer: Lord, may we face our weakness and death always with the reminder that you make resurrection possible.