Packing For the Big Trip

Dear Folks -

This week in Ordinary Life I talked about packing for the big trip - the

one we all don't want to make. The trip is to whatever is on the other side

of physical death. This was a question I asked my dad shortly before his

death - "Are you packed?"

When we talk about death and beyond, we are limited to using symbolic

language. This can cause much misunderstanding because we have such a

tendency to mistake the symbol for the thing itself. But words like

"heaven," "hell," "judgment," and "hope" are symbols that can inform and

shape how we live in the here and now. Taking them seriously is a way we

have of packing for the trip.

Once again, thank you for all your expressions of sympathy.

Much love,

Bill Kerley

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