The other day I found a few bulbs that were left over from the children’s bulb planting project in early Lent. I had soaked the bulbs for a day or so several weeks ago to make sure that they had enough moisture to properly sprout, but they had not been touched since. To my great surprise and wonder, they had sprouted.
The bulb is a symbol of Easter. What appears dry and lifeless holds the potential for growth. Those bulbs sprouting without being watered and without soil said to me that the force of life will not be stopped by what we think is necessary for life to emerge.
The bulbs had sat in the meeting room that housed AA and Ala-Non Meetings, Sunday School, The 49’ers Choir rehersals – just to name a few of the groups that gathered in that time period. AA and Al-Anon are groups that help each other to come out of the tombs of additction and co-dependence and find new life. The 49’ers bring life with their energy, exuberance and the gifts of friendship and song. Our Sunday School children are filled with life as they grow in faith and experience a loving God.
God’s creating and re-creating power is all around us. This is the Life-force of Easter, the force that “broke the bonds of death” as the early church described it; and that brings us from our dying places into times of rising again.