Sunday, June 12, 2022

"a stranger in the lifeboat"

I just finished reading a novel by Mitch Albom called the stranger in the lifeboat. One part really connected with me. (Page 241-242 in the hardcover edition 2021.) 

The character who says they are the Lord says, quote "When someone passes, Benjamin, people always ask why did God take them? A better question would be why did God give them to us? What did we do to deserve their love, their joy, the Sweet moments we shared? Didn't you have such happy moments with Annabelle?...Those moments are a gift. But their end is not a punishment. I am never cruel Benjamin. I know you before you are born. I know you after you die. My plans for you are not to find by this world. Beginnings and endings are earthly ideas. I go on. And because I go on, you go on with me. Feeling lost is part of why you were on earth. Through it, you appreciate the brief gift of human existence, and you learn to cherish the world I created for you. But the human form is not permanent. It was never meant to be. That gift belongs to the soul. I know the tears you shed Benjamin. When people leave this earth, their loved ones always weep., But I promise you those who leave do not."

I really agree with his thoughts about death and about how we as humans on Earth feel. Understanding that we, as humans, are not permanently going to be here but that our souls go on, gives me strength to continue.

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