Bottom line: In order to receive the life and spirit that God has for us in the present, we need to identify and mourn the real and metaphorical deaths we have experienced in the past.

Scripture:John 12:24-25 (The Message)
“Listen carefully: Unless a grain of wheat is buried in the ground, dead to the world, it is never any more than a grain of wheat. But if it is buried, it sprouts and reproduces itself many times over. In the same way, anyone who holds on to life just as it is destroys that life. But if you let it go, reckless in your love, you’ll have it forever, real and eternal.