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The death of Good Friday.

Crossing over Jordan, joined the choir divine, passed on, finally at peace, resting eternally, depart this life, sent to glory. They are all cultural euphemisms to explain the one thing every human has in common: death. And death, dead and dying are all words we try to avoid in every day conversations so as to not upset someone to protect their feelings. This is all done in love, but it is robbing our world of so much. Continue reading

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When Christmas is not so merry…

Suddenly, things came into focus: the piercing glitter of the Christmas tree, the mocking joy of the star lit in the window. Christmas had come and gone for the rest of the world but not for us. There was no meal, no feast, no exchange of symbols of love for the birth of the Christ child…At the joy of the journey to Bethlehem was a funeral procession. The reading of the Scripture was about being lifted up on eagle’s wings, not the wings of angels at the manger. The hymns we sang were about Beulah Land not Bethlehem. The poems were of God’s mansion with many rooms, not about crowded inns. Silent Night took on a whole new meaning. Jesus seemed so far away, either in a manger, on a cross or out of the tomb. Continue reading

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What NOT to say to a grieving person

Humans have one thing in common: death. No one gets out of here alive. It’s just a matter of how and when. I’m no stranger to death. My grandparents have all passed and my mother crossed over suddenly and far … Continue reading

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