Endings & Beginnings
"Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end." – Seneca
I came across this quote in the book Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy by Sheryl Sandberg. It is the story of the loss of her husband, Dave, and her journey through her grief. She describes how difficult it was immediately after his death and all the things she still yearned to do with him. She wanted to raise their children together, and go to things like parent-teacher conferences with him. She wanted to sit at a concert with him. She wanted to be able to go on a vacation with him. But Dave was now dead.
These were all her “Option A” plans that she desperately wanted to do, but Option A was no longer available. Instead, she had to discover that there was an Option B. Her story is how she learned to embrace and fully live into this option, and how she found her way back to a life worth living. What she realized through this heart wrenching experience was that “every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.”
This is very reminiscent of a passage in Romans: “Therefore we have been buried with him by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life” (6:4). Through our faith in Christ, with every ending there is the possibility of a new beginning. As old things fade away, new life emerges. Our faith gives us the hope that when life gets difficult and Option A is no longer available, God helps us see that there is an Option B.