Birth, growth, decline and death are the natural cycle in all of creation. For inanimate creatures it may be a painless letting go of one’s place in the sun, or a cataclysmic event. Death and decay are in some instances also a source of renewal of the land.
Extinction is a serious concern in the animal and plant kingdoms. For us as humans, created with special capabilities and gifts to love and hurt and forgive, this time of the year is a special gift to remember life and death and their Creator. For those of us who believe, resurrection and reunion are the ultimate hope.
If we accept death we can prepare ourselves for it. Let us not waste energy by dwelling on the distant past. The better we live on this earth, the greater the happiness we will be able to share with our loved ones in heaven. The more we are able to mature and develop in this world, the more gifts will we be able to bring to the heavenly banquet. AL 258
Leaving an inhabitable planet to future generations is first and foremost our concern. The issue is one which dramatically affects us, for it has to do with the ultimate meaning of our earthly sojourn. LS 160