Jesus’ last words were: “It. Is. Finished.”
Mark and I did not plan it out this way, but as so many things since Lindsey died it seems amazing that we completed the work this Easter day. It is finished.
This morning we buffed the vessel and spent many hours searching out the best light in order to document it. Many discussions and many pictures were taken and it was a team effort to make a few different images of this vessel.
Martha and Jesus had a discussion near the tomb where Lazarus was buried at one point Jesus said to her:
“ I am the Resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies: and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?”
The reply Lindsey and I had to this poignant question was “We Do.”
There are great unsearchable mysteries in this lifetime. The most amazing one is the one we celebrate today. “He who knew no sin became sin so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:21)
There is literally nothing to be done. There is Nothing I can do to be good enough. In fact everything has already been Accomplished.
After shooting the vessel, Mark was with me when I said a prayer before pouring her ashes into the vessel and tightening the top. It felt as if a weight had been removed from us both to have her finally in something so unique. Truly and impossibly one of a kind. There are many flaws and imperfections in this vessel which speak to the human condition of us all, and yet this life is not about perfection it is about surrender and submission to what has already been done for us.
But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. (2 Corinthians 4:7)
It seems fitting that on Easter day her ashes found their resting place. I can pray now for my own heart to be able to believe it’s only a temporary one.
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Flowers for Lindsey