Our beginning, and our mortal fall, began in a garden.
Christ’s beginning to right that fall began in a garden.
So children and I, we make an Easter garden.
A miniature remembering of the grief of the first beginning, the resurrecting wondering of the all-things new beginning.
a basket, some dirt,
some plants at the nursery, a beginning too,
three tramped to the woods for just the perfect moss
while one found a wee glass for the pond, a few shells too
and a visionary carved a hole in a stone grotto of his making.
They planted a garden, filled their pond with water, laid the flattest, the smallest (they were sure) stones from our lane, as a winding path to the Great Emancipation.
And come Palm Sunday, we’ll plant some seeds, resurrection hope in the dark of the earth, and line the path with smalls candles, miniature garden torches, for the Light is coming. And we’ll begin the path and each day light another wick… until Good Friday, when all went dark.
And in the evening of Good Friday, the children will shape a caterpillar out of modeling wax, swath it in small square of silk, tuck it in the moss outside the grotto with stone over the entrance….
On Saturday, we’ll remember and we’ll wait.
And come Sunday, Easter morn early, in first light dawning, we’ll roll back the tomb, see only the husk of silk left behind, a butterfly a light in the branches of tree over the Tomb and we too will ask, “Why do you seek the living among the dead?” (Lk. 24:5) He is alive!
So this is the path we walk from Lent to Easter, from dark to Light, from cocoon confinement to conquering in Christ and the Easter garden will unfold, a parable, a living visual of the metamorphosis of all the cosmos…
Us again with HIm in the garden in the cool of the evening.
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As we walk with Him this season, might we consider: The Practice of the Easter. We look forward to your thoughts, stories, ideas….
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