Friday, January 7, 2011

Remembering the living

"When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to annoint Jesus' body," Mark 16:1.

I read this verse last night and thought it was interesting. Jesus had already been dead for three days, so why were they going to put spices on the body now? Was that usual to embalm a body?

The notes in my Bible said that it was unusual for Jews to embalm bodies, but that this was a sign of great honor and adoration.

We still do that with out loved ones. We don't actually go and annoint the deceased bodies, but cemeteries are full of flowers, plaques and wreaths that tell that we still remember who lies there.

I started thinking about why we do this. Why do we have to keep up grave sites? I don't know of anyone who thinks that a person actually remains in the ground and can see or hear you after they die. Even for people who aren't Christians, people realize that once people die they are gone.

However, we still feel like we need to honor the people we loved with flowers and visits. I don't think there's anything wrong with that. It probably means the most to us, giving us a feeling that we are still connected to the people we loved who are no longer with us.

I see a lot of flowers on grave sites, but how many flowers are there in homes? How often do we go visit our loved ones who are still with us, not on a holiday?

It's wonderful to remember our loved ones who have deceased. I think we need to remember the ones who are still right in front of us as well.

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