Daily Episcopalian: "We put Diamond to sleep yesterday…And if there’s a heaven without Diamond, count me out."

A MUST, MUST READ:  Deirdre Good is professor of New Testament at The General Theological Seminary, specializing in the Synoptic Gospels, Christian Origins, Noncanonical writings and biblical languages. She blogs at On Not Being a Sausage. And she wrote this:

We put Diamond to sleep yesterday. She was with us for thirteen years. How do you let go a part of your life for that long?

. . . This year, ten million children will die in low- and middle-income countries. Death is in fact all around us every day. We’d know this if we lived in a war zone or a place of diminishing food supplies. We just filter death out of our minds because we cannot bear too much reality. And reality might lead to care for others, which is the only thing that matters in this life, as Elie Wiesel tells us. Who can bear the thought of so many unlived children’s lives? We distance ourselves by using statistics rather than names and stories. But we don’t just avoid reality: we encourage its avoidance. Much of our culture gives us the illusion that we can reverse ageing and prolong life in various ways. In truth, to be alive every day and to awaken every morning is to receive the gift of precious life. Diamond’s gift to us is just that: the daily presence of her wild and precious life and the caring for each other that might make a difference. And if there’s a heaven without Diamond, count me out.

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