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About the Resurrection Tree Card

When you are young, you don’t think death is going to happen to you. Middle age is when you see it coming. 
I never thought I’d actually own books like Age Right or The Arthritis Cure, but I do. They’re right on our 
coffee table.

Most of the time I feel pretty good. But every once in awhile, when I overdo it, I don’t bounce back quite as fast as I used to. My aching body is evidence that I wasn’t designed to live in a world like this. Living in a fallen world wears us all out eventually. It’s only a matter of time.

I almost didn’t make this card, because the spring metaphor for the Resurrection is such a cliché. But then I realized that God doesn’t seem to mind cliché. He repeats Himself every year. Am I bored with spring? Are you? Never! Maybe the repetition is part of the message.

The creation, broken as it is, is shot through with glory. God repeats Himself, year after year, for those of us who have eyes to see. It is because we’ve seen spring before that we know something of what is coming next. In the same way, because we have the Spirit in us, we know that what we experience of Jesus now, like the buds we see on the trees, is just a foretaste of what will be.

We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.—Romans 8:22-25

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.—2 Corinthians 4:16

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