“Living well entails existing alongside the many deaths embedded in life.” That was the sentence that most jumped out at me from today’s reading. Life in all its fullness, which is the life God promises us, must include death, loss, change and decay. How could it not? Learning to live in ways which encompass all those realities, as well as the realities of joy, hope, creation and growth, is the work of a life of faith. And it is the work of a lifetime. Learning to recognise God as much in death as in life is a challenging and transforming task.
It is precisely this work that we are called to in the season of Advent (as we are at all times). I wonder how we can approach death and loss in ways which fully acknowledge their reality, but also acknowledge them as part of the greater reality of all that God has created?
This year for #AdventBookClub a group of us are reading “In The Bleak Midwinter” by Rachel Mann. Join us on Facebook or Twitter for daily reflections and discussions. We are also raising money for the Trussell Trust: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/adventbookclub2019.