vol. 5, num. 18 :: 2006.10.06 — 2006.10.20
As autumn sets in noticeably in many parts of the northern hemisphere, we'll consider the nature of death and the dying process, as well as offering tribute to the now dead whose lives impacted us greatly.
A social work student examines her calling to assist in times of death.
Reflections of a Hospice chaplain a few days later.
Some tragedies are too big to comprehend.
A memorial for a mother who had a passion for broken things.
On the death of a close friend's father.
A reflection on seeking promise after the death of a spouse.
A memorial for grandparents who parented.
A review of Jolie Holland's album Springtime Can Kill You.
Divorce is never God's intention for marriage, but there is still grace.
A review of Alison McGhee's Shadow Baby with a list of other books that have proved helpful after a loss.
A collection of stories about death and dying.
A site devoted to death issues, including a calculator (based on averages) to figure out the "date" of your death.
An article by Thomas Lynch.
What happens to us when we die?
To paint a picture or to write a story or to compose a song is an incarnational activity. The artist is a servant who is willing to be a birthgiver. In a very real sense the artist (male or female) should be like Mary who, when the angel told her that she was to bear the Messiah, was obedient to the command. Obedience is an unpopular word nowadays, but the artist must be obedient to the work, whether it be a symphony, a painting, or a story for a small child. I believe that each work of art, whether it is a work of great genius, or something very small, comes to the artist and says, “Here I am. Enflesh me. Give birth to me.” And the artist either says, “My soul doth magnify the Lord,” and willingly becomes the bearer of the work, or refuses; but the obedient response is not necessarily a conscious one, and not everyone has the humble, courageous obedience of Mary.
Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art
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