Life is wonderful when we experience happy times that soothes everything about our internal feelings. It’s when those good times begin to fade that we feel sorrow and heartaches. Like a garden in Springtime, fruit blossoms with life-giving energy. Towards the end of the warm months, we easily see the decay of that once beautiful garden. Something gets between the happy life we really desire and the decay that follows shortly after. The Fall season is a time when we make a final effort to attach to the beauty of Spring’s life, but we know the inevitable decay will follow, and the falling of the leaves will reveal the branches dead of life. Death, sorrow, crying and pain comes to us through the decay of physical health, violence done from person to person, a cold social climate, a loss of self-respect and respect for others, and a lack of the generation of words and behavior that imparts hope.
How wonderful it would be to remove the things that cause us to lose the Spring of our spirit. We want to return to the Garden of Eden where life was meant to be eternal as we eat from the Tree of Life. That Garden has been invaded with out-of-control behaviors, conflict and violence, social prejudices and discrimination, a disbelief and separation from God, and humanity trying to identify themselves with the problem instead of the solution. All of those things are sin because they separate us from the plan God has for us, leaving us to suffer death, sorrow, crying, and pain. Howbeit, we can separate ourselves from the worldly ways that separate us from the life of God’s Spring Garden. Christ is the second Adam, pure and unblemished, sacrificed on the Cross so that we can experience a taste of the soon coming New Jerusalem. Christ living in us crucifies the sinful nature that brings havoc to the Garden. The Holy Spirit comes to us to bring comfort, peace, and love when death, sorrow, crying, and pain surrounds us.
“And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.”