Unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies,
           it remains just a single grain;
           but if it dies, it bears much fruit.
                                  —John 12.24

          We have been buried with Christ by baptism into death,
          so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead
          by the glory of God, so we too might walk in newness of life.
                                 —Romans 6.4

I am making peace with death, with self-surrender.
But burial—to be forced to be still, utterly shut in and powerless—
this is yet more challenge,
to have no life, not even afterlife,
but what I have in Christ, my coffin.
To be dead is merely difficult.
To be buried with Christ is truly transforming.
Christ, may I die, and my life be buried in you.

Steve Garnaas-Holmes
Unfolding Light
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