The symbolism of Easter belongs to all of humanity. Death and resurrection, or rebirth, takes its cue from nature and the change of the seasons. It’s a potent symbol that describes an aspect of existence that is difficult to describe in any other way.
Death comes to all of us. It comes in the form of loss, disappointment, change, and the passing of time. Easter points to the universal truth that when we open ourselves up to profound loss and trust the process of life something new will be born. It is in that heartache and brokenness, and through our most profound losses, that we are given new life, new opportunity, a new awareness, a new hope. We can’t imagine what that looks like when we are standing before the empty tomb, but when morning comes we will see what we could not see in the dark.
“Each night, when I go to sleep, I die. And the next morning, when I wake up, I am reborn.” ― Mahatma Gandhi
Easter is about the hope that is our birthright. We all are guaranteed hope. The deepest hope, the greatest joy arises in us after our darkest night; a hope that exists within the human spirit at birth that refuses to quit, refuses to give in to the pain, refuses to give up on life . . . it is a hope that quite often defies reason. Like an ember that never dies, it waits quietly for us to blow on it again and again until it once again ignites.
My the love of life, of love, of rebirth and renewal live in you and overcome your sorrow again and again.
“When love awakens in your life, in the night of your heart, it is like the dawn breaking within you. Where before there was anonymity, now there is intimacy; where before there was fear, now there is courage; where before in your life there was awkwardness, now there is a rhythm of grace and gracefulness; where before you used to be jagged, now you are elegant and in rhythm with your self. When love awakens in your life, it is like a rebirth, a new beginning.” ― John O’Donohue, Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom