This is the way of dying things: they nourish. Mysterious. The spiritual life is like that. And 2 Corinthians chapter 4 speaks to this mystery. Death nourishes life, and life intimates death. The one is a partner to the other. It is a relationship that permits the other to exist, even encourages the other to be what it is. One cannot be without the other.
A fruitful and beautiful life requires the death of things. Improper attitudes, ill thoughts, unhealthy behaviors, foolish language, unhelpful actions—all give life to what replaces them when they die. Their death creates space for the life of what is new. Their dying nourishes what wants to be born in their place.
Life emerges out of the acknowledgement that some things must die and out of the willingness to let them die. This is the way of the garden of life.
Photo: Garden Grave by ldbarnes.