Long ago and far away, three girlfriends and I formed the “Walk to Remember Club” after seeing the above movie. We had cried together during the movie, but more importantly, we ourselves had taken a walk to remember. I still keep in touch with those girls, though our walks are now spread across the world.
Though I do not necessarily endorse Nicholas Sparks’ books or movies, my husband and I recently watched another. It reminded me of “A Walk to Remember” because in the end, one of the lovers dies. It seems that in almost all of his stories, Nicholas Sparks begins with two individuals, creates a romance between then, and then must lose one in order to redeem the individual who is left. “Why does someone always have to die?” I asked my husband.
Then I remembered that today we celebrate not only Jesus’ resurrection, but also the fact that He died for His bride. The ultimate story of love features a barren woman, lost and ashamed, courted by the Bridegroom of all bridegrooms, who then comes to the world in human form and, believe it or not, dies. And it is only through this death that we have hope and life and a love that surpasses life and death.
Speaking of new life, my seeds sprouted this week. And that reminded me again of the concept that death brings life: “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.” (John 12:24) My seeds died, and now I have beautiful evidence of the life that comes from that very death!
Praise the Lord, our risen Redeemer!