|Posted by Adrian Savage on March 25, 2015 at 6:50 PM||comments (37)|
How is a butterfly a symbol for Easter?
POSTED ON March 25, 2015 by Adrian Savage
Long before the time of Christ, Egyptians saw a similarity between the cloth wrappings of their mummies and the butterfly’s cocoon. For these early people and the Greeks, who placed golden butterflies in their tombs, this insect was a symbol of resurrection, new life, and immortality. In other traditions, the butterfly was a reminder of reincarnation.
The butterfly has long been a Christian symbol of the resurrection, for it disappears into a cocoon and appears dead, but emerges later far more beautiful and powerful than before. The three stages of the butterfly’s metamorphoses are symbolic of the three stages in the life cycle of Christ and the Christian.
The caterpillar’s non-stop eating reminds us of normal earthly life where people are often preoccupied with taking care of their physical needs. The caterpillar’s life also reminds us of Jesus’ life on earth.
Caterpillars then “entomb” themselves in what appears to be lifeless cocoons portraying the crucifixion and burial of Jesus and the death of all humans.
The third and final stage is the appearance of a butterfly with jewel-colored wings and the ability to soar, which represents the resurrection into a new and glorious life free of material concerns and restrictions.
A major theme in Paul’s teachings is that “we shall all be changed” (1 Cor. 15:51). The Christian hope is that what is sown in the grave as a weak mortal body will be raised an indestructible spiritual body not subject to temptation, sorrow, death, or pain (1 Cor. 15:44-54). Through death the spirit will escape – not from its body but from the vulnerabilities and hardships of mortal flesh.
What better symbol of the Resurrection — an inanimate object out of which comes life. Butterflies are the perfect symbol of the tomb Christ conquered and every Christian’s hope of their own rebirth.
Happy Easter Everyone!!
|Posted by Travise Smith on October 7, 2014 at 10:10 AM||comments (0)|
My paternal grandmother died from breast cancer--she was black! As a black woman or the more politically correct word-- African American- I must educate myself about the facts. I am 23 days from turning 41 and have been getting my mammograms for years-- both because I have a fabulous OBGYN and because I have to be my own ADVOCATE!
Know the facts, share the facts and stay up to date on the facts!
Who Gets Breast Cancer? Age is a Major Factor.
A woman’s chance of getting breast cancer increases with age. At 40 a woman has a 1 in 69 chance of developing breast cancer in the next 10 years. At the age of 70, that chance increases to 1 in 27. Up to age 85, the chance increases even more to 1 in 8.
1.White women are more likely to get breast cancer than any other racial or ethnic group.
2. African American women are more likely to die from breast cancer than white women.
Share this flyer with your friends and family!
|Posted by Mfloyd on May 29, 2014 at 9:45 PM||comments (0)|
Agape Senior of the Lowcountry recently hosted a FIVE WISHES seminar at the Mt. Pleasant Senior Center. Participants received their own Five Wishes book along with explanations of each section. By completing these advanced directives, participants give their family the gift of knowing their health care plans should they not be able to communicate it themselves. This is a free service and legal in South Carolina among other states. Shown here is Todd VanOrden, Agape Senior's own notary. When a completed FIVE WISHES is signed by the participant, notarized and also signed by two witnesses, it is a legal document.
Agape Senior and Agape Hospice of the Lowcountry offers free educational senior-care seminars to community centers, churches, facilities, civic groups and more. To schedule a Five Wishes workshop, please contact Melanie at 843-360-0964
|Posted by Joy on May 18, 2014 at 2:15 PM||comments (0)|
National Hospital Week celebrates hospitals and the men and women who, day in and day out, support the health of their communities through compassionate care, constant innovation and unwavering, unmatched dedication.
Now more than ever, hospitals play a vital role in improving community health across the nation – this extends far beyond strictly providing medical care. Take this year’s National Hospital Week as an opportunity to thank all of the dedicated individuals – physicians, nurses, therapists, engineers, food service workers, volunteers, administrators and so many more – for their commitment.
|Posted by Stephen Adeimy on April 16, 2014 at 12:20 AM||comments (0)|
|Posted by Mfloyd on February 13, 2014 at 7:30 PM||comments (0)|
Agape Senior of the Lowcountry presented the DISC personality test tailored to couples at the Mt. Pleasant Senior Center's Valentines event! Couples enjoyed learning about the different personalities and how they interact with each other. Fun was had by all, with pizza and even dancing!
Agape Senior of the Lowcountry serves Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester counties with Primary Care services, Assisted Living and hospice services. For more information on our services or to schedule a DISC training, please call the North Charleston office at 843-553-7122.
|Posted by Joy on February 13, 2014 at 5:40 PM||comments (0)|
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. The month of February is dedicated to raising awareness about heart disease and increasing knowledge about prevention. Educate yourself on the dangers of heart disease and get on track to better heart health.
|Posted by Mfloyd on February 10, 2014 at 6:05 PM||comments (0)|
Agape Senior Chaplain Alma Brown was the featured speaker in today's Grief Support Service held at Sandpiper Village Independent Living in Mt. Pleasant, SC. The service offered uplifting music and practical ways to deal with grief, including humor. It was a wonderful way to offer bereavement support to those who have lost loved ones. This was the kick-off to the monthly Grief Support Group that will begin meeting in March. Stay tuned for dates and locations.
Agape Senior and Agape Hospice offers grief and bereavement support, in addition to hospice and senior care throughout South Carolina. For more information about these services in Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester counties, please contact Melanie Floyd at (843) 553-7122.
|Posted by Pamela Banks on January 29, 2014 at 8:55 PM||comments (0)|
|Posted by Pam Marion on January 28, 2014 at 12:20 AM||comments (0)|
The blue sky and bright sunshine were deceptive on the brisk morning of January 25, as Kim Brace, Senior Solutions Advisor for Agape Hospice Lancaster, Lola Sutherland, Agape Hospice Social Worker and Pam Marion, Agape Senior Community Liaison for the Piedmont prepared to take part in the Martin Luther King Parade in downtown Lancaster. The cold temperatures may have put a damper on attendance, but the spirit and conviction of the people who did show up was impressive. Kim Brace stated “Agape Senior is committed to the communities in which it serves and participating in this event was an important way for us to show our support for the people of Lancaster honoring this great man."