Saturday, April 23, 2011

"To This End..."

"Gethsemane" by Carl Bloch

"There lies a tree by Winter felled;
The root thereof so long waxed old,
But strives against advancing cold
'Till tender buds revive and swell.

And though its stock dies in the ground,
Yet through the scent of water's life
The root fends off blind Winter's strife
And lives again, with leafy crown!

So lies man doomed to endless death?
To fade away in wasted sleep?
And ne'er escape the secret keep
Of foul decay and silenced breath?"
"Why seek the living Christ among the dead?
He is not here, but risen, as He said."


Scooby and Jon said...

Happy Easter Denae!

Annette Lyon said...

That was beautiful. Thanks for the reminder.

Melanie Jacobson said...

Really beautiful.

M-Cat said...

I'll add my "beautiful" and thank you for posting.
Happy Easter to you

Cheeseboy said...

Very nice, Renae. Hope your Easter is terrific.

Becca said...

And Amen. Once upon a time I went to Catholic school. And at Easter, we'd greet each other with this: "He is Risen." And the response was always, "He is Risen, indeed."

Isn't that kind of perfect?

Motherboard said...

I sort of wish we would greet each other they way Becca said they did in Catholic School. What a great way to keep us focused.

In the homogeneous society that I am currently living, I really miss the various church billboards that would have all sorts of reminders about "He is Risen" that I could see as I went about my errands. I found myself thinking of Him more often.


Jessica said...

Russians also greet eachother the way Becca did in school. Maybe we should do the same. It would be a wonderful thing.

Hope your Easter way happy.