Open Day at Fleetwood Cemetery.
Yes, that’s what it says at Morrison’s roundabout. Doesn’t say anything there about attractions (is there going to be a ghost train?) or entertainment (The Grateful Dead in concert?), but no doubt it will be an opportunity to meet the staff and get an inside view of the cemetery (but perhaps not literally).
It really tickled me as I was driving home. Open Day at the Cemetery (good title for a film series, surely) makes me think of this from Matthew:
51 At that moment (Jesus’ death) the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split 52 and the tombs broke open. The bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life. 53 They came out of the tombs after Jesus’ resurrection and went into the holy city and appeared to many people.
Now that would be something, if Wyre Council could arrange it.
I guess it is a good attempt to overcome the taboos around death, and help people plan practically for what happens to their bodies after they have died.
Jesus, of course, turned this all upside down. He was a living open day to heaven, allowing people to see in, and come to live in hope now, knowing what happens after they are raised back to life!
Ezekiel gave us these words from God in the Old Testament:
Then you, my people, will know that I am the LORD, when I open your graves and bring you up from them.
Jesus came, and is LORD, the firstborn from the dead. He has started what Ezekiel could see.
But let me finish with this thought.
Paul said “It is no longer I that live, but Christ that lives in me.”
Does that mean that the church is actually a living, open cemetery?