Martin Copenhaver wrote a powerful devotional for the UCC today about his daughter's first encounter with death (in a frog crushed on the road). It leads him to reflect:
When we get older we sometimes speak of death in sanguine ways. We might say, for instance, "It's a part of life," or, "She will always be with us in spirit."
My children, however, seemed to know from the start that death is serious business. Death is an enemy, and a greedy one at that.
The victory we have over death in resurrection is not a victory over some trifle. No, it is an enormous victory to be celebrated as only victory over an ominous enemy can be celebrated - with joyous echoes in every cell of our being.