The very first trees to bloom around here in the spring are the Bradford Pear Trees. If the forsythia and redbud shout with color and joy, then the pear trees whisper with elegance and understatement. There are over 3,000 different varieties of pears, and before there was tobacco in Europe, people smoked pear leaves! Pear wood is used to make furniture and other things, it does not warp. And the Chinese consider the pear to be a symbol of immortality, the destruction of a pear tree symbolizing untimely death. Think you are not immortal? Think again.
“In the resurrection scheme of things, this has to happen: everything perishable taken off the shelves and replaced by the imperishable, this mortal replaced by the immortal. Then the saying will come true: Death swallowed by triumphant Life! Who got the last word, oh, Death? Oh, Death, who's afraid of you now? It was sin that made death so frightening and law-code guilt that gave sin its leverage, its destructive power. But now in a single victorious stroke of Life, all three—sin, guilt, death—are gone, the gift of our Master, Jesus Christ. Thank God!”
1 Corinthians 15