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May 3, 2009

Life is Fragile But O So Beautiful!

Life is a great from God, isn’t it?  All forms of life are gift, whether it be human, animal or plant life.  Springtime is an incredible time to experience this gift anew.  Walking along the road or in our back yards enables us to come face to face with this gift of life.  We see the delicate, colorful flowers, the various shades of green visible in plants and trees.  Not only does this gift of nature give us the experience of beauty and variety but very often we have the added dimension of an emotional rebirth within ourselves.  What a powerful experience this is!

The experience is not any less incredible with respect to the animal kingdom.  It is the reason for people having pets they love and care for so affectionately.  It is the reason people very often visit places like the zoo.  We love to see animals, especially the young ones that remind us of new life.  It is also the reason why we slam on the brakes rather than hit a wild animal crossing the street.  It is an instinctive reaction that is profoundly spiritual in nature.

Lastly, of course, is the gift of human life.  This is our own personal gift from God.  We live and breathe and have our being because of God.  We have been given this gift to appreciate and to care for.  What an astonishing gift!  Unfortunately, we do not always fully appreciate this gift.  Very often we become trapped in a quagmire of doubt and depression.  We see nothing positive in our life.  We see ourselves in a sea of poor relationships, financial difficulties, ill health and overall misery.  Our vision becomes obscured by emotional and physical problems that infest our being. 

Why is it that we can appreciate the gifts of creation in plant and animal life but we so often fail to fully appreciate the precious gift of our own life?  Could it be that we forget the value of this gift?  Could it be that we are able to see and comprehend the fragile nature of life in other forms but fail to see it, or perhaps refuse to see it ourselves?  Life, as we know it, is given for a short amount of time.  In truth, we live much longer that the plant and animals.  If they can make us happy, enrich our lives and bring beauty to the world in the short amount of time they live, why can’t we see our own worth in like manner?

Life is fragile.  We never know when we will pass from this life to the next.  We do not know when or how it will happen but it will happen.  Why then do we resist so desperately?  Could it be that we have difficulty believing in eternal life?  Are we for fearful because we simply believe that after this life there is nothing more that returning to dust and ashes? The Easter season is a good time to reflect on this topic.  If we believe that Christ is risen, how can we not believe that we also will rise to New Life? 

                                Lorette P. Nault