This weekend Steve and Beryl celebrate 50 years of being married. Sarah, however, celebrates 100 years of simply being.
There is something significant that we all feel when that final digit turns to a zero, and makes the anniversary a BIG one. It is arbitrary, but human time does pass in significant chunks, and that is how we measure progress. Some chunks can be a week long if significant things happen, good or difficult.
We also have a need to make fresh starts, to start counting again. Like starting a new year. Endings are, by definition, new beginnings, if made in hope.
Easter is, however, in the church calendar, neither an end, nor a beginning. It is at the heart of ordered worship. The fact that the Sabbath is on Sunday, not Saturday, is testament and reminder that the Resurrection is to be an everyweek, everyday experience.
Becoming 100 is a celebration of 100 individual years of living. A golden wedding is 50 individual years of shared life.
May each one to come be equally treasured. May we live our God-given-resurrection days vibrantly.