Do you ever wonder why pastel blues and pinks are the colors associated with newborn babies?
Just browse in the newborn section of any department store or children’s shop and you will find the traditional light blue clothing and bedding for boys and the soft pink items for girls.
Although I don’t know the origin of that tradition, the colors have taken on new meaning for me.
Pink and blue are often the paired colors of the sunrise. The shifting hues herald the beginning of a new day created by God and given to us as a gift. How fitting to consider those colors for a newborn baby—the beginning of a new life created by God and given to us a a gift.
But wait–pink and blue are often the paired colors of the sunset, as well. The day is closing and the darkness of night is settling in. The end of the day is upon us.That doesn’t fit at all, does it?
At first thought, perhaps not, but there’s more to consider.
When we are born into this world, it IS a new beginning. We are created by God and given as a gift to those awaiting us. When we are at the end of our lives here on Earth, it is also a new beginning. For those who know Christ as their Savior, it is the beginning of a new day–a new life, created by God and given to us a gift—an eternal gift that knows no end.
At the rising of the sun and at its setting, the colors of pink and of blue are fitting reminders of new life, both in this world and the next.
I declare to you, brothers, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed— in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.” –I Corinthians 15:50-54