Monday, April 17, 2006

graveyards

Yesterday my family went to the graveyard in Greenup, Illinois where my dad is buried. We went to remember him and to mourn him and to celebrate him, if just for a few minutes. My two-year-old son didn't quite understand the nature of a graveyard. He was playing hide and seek behind the tombs and rolling d0wn the hill. After a few moments I joined in. Why not? It was easier than trying to explain that there are hundreds of dead people under our feet (and a lot more fun too).

Later I thought about how maybe we should all dance around in graveyards to celebrate Easter, laughing with joy at Christ's triumph over death. We should remember that because his tomb was empty on Easter morning, all of those gravestones will someday be overturned. His empty tomb was the first of millions to follow. Why not dance around and say, "In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, we see you in mid-air Dad!"

I tell you this, brothers: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality. When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written:
“Death is swallowed up in victory.”
O death, where is your victory?
O death, where is your sting?”
(I Corinthians 15:50-55)

3 comments:

bandlady said...

I think your dad would have enjoyed the fact his son and grandson were rolling down the hill by his grave having a good time remembering him!

Jason Woolever said...

that's a cool thought. I wonder if he was actually enjoying it. Do you think the dead in Christ can watch the happenings of earth? Randy Alcorn suggests they can and do.

bandlady said...

I have no idea, but it's better to have fun in a graveyard remembering people fondly. If nothing else, God saw you guys together.