Life and death

It’s a strange story we tell, with its insistence that in life there is death, and in death there is life. Never is that more evident than on the first Sunday of Advent.

You were expecting maybe a pregnancy announcement, a happy invitation to the biggest gender reveal party of all time?

But no, what we get instead is the stark warning that “people will faint from fear and foreboding of what is coming upon the world.” Not the happy words people want to hear to kick off this month of holiday joy, as any preacher can tell you.

In death there is life, and in life there is death.

Tombstone of Mary Belle Farmer, died May 5, 1910, at the age of 31. Mount Zion Cemetery, West Cape May, New Jersey.