Death Is Good

by Christine Sine
Autumn leaves

Death is good – leaves must die

I am sitting in my office looking out at a slowly dying world. The maple leaves whose bright red colour I have been admiring for the last week are now buffeted by the winds and falling to the ground. The squash plants are dead, the tomatoes are dying and everything is getting ready for winter. Last year I wrote this reflection on Weathering the Winter StormsIt is as necessary to be ready for the death of winter as it is for the new life of spring.

Death is a necessary part of life and that is not only in the garden. Yesterday I chatted to MSA team member Cindy Todd about the transitions we are going through and the things that have had to die in order for us to re-emerge with a newness that comes from God. “Death is good” she commented, reflecting on the fact that her business Snohomish Soap Company would never have been birthed if she and her husband had not lost jobs in Florida and decided to move to Seattle. Watching Cindy give birth, grow and bear fruit out of the seeds that were planted through the death of her old life has been inspiring. I love this video that she put together for her recent involvement in Fast Pitch.

So often death in the form of a lost job or failed expectations is necessary for God’s newness to emerge.  Sometimes when we look back we are aware that God has been prompting us in new directions for a while but the security and comfort of the old holds us bound. God in love and compassion forces us to die and let go.

Jesus says: If you cling to your life, you will lose it; but if you give up your life for me, you will find it. (Matt 10:39) The journey of faith is a cycle of birth, growth, fruit and death. And in the place of death we often find the seeds of new life – the longings and desires of our hearts that we have suppressed because change and radical newness threaten our comfortable status quo.

Two questions emerge for me from this reflection. First: What does God want to put to death in your life that you are still clinging onto?

For those who feel they are in a season of death: What are the seeds of newness God is planting within you during this season? What are your dreams and hopes from the past that might be birthed into something totally new at this time?

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Henriet Schapelhouman October 19, 2012 - 9:08 pm

This is very good, Christine. We try to avoid death but without it no new life emerges. I’ve been in a season of deaths…from deaths of dreams to death of an organization I’ve been trying to get started. Out of it came the birth of my new book, “The Story Lives: Leading a Missional Revolution.” God used the debris of the past to create this new path. It’s still emerging but I believe God is leading me to step into this message of living our stories for Jesus so people in our communities will experience his love in action through our lives.

Christine Sine October 19, 2012 - 10:01 pm

Henriet that sounds like a wonderful new path that God is leading you along – always painful in the birth but so worthwhile when it matures in the way God intends.

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