Let the Methodist New Year Begin! In fact, let the new year begin with fireworks. That's one way of thinking about the Cross and Flame: as a fire cracker, an explosion of the spirit, a celebration of freedom in Christ. But, unlike a firecracker, this flame burns forever, just as the love of God and the love of man, her man, burns forever. To make that clear, she has borrowed a poem by Elizabeth Barrett Browning: "I shall but love thee better after death." Memory Gardens.