Posted by: Daniel Comstock | August 22, 2006

Living Our Passages Well By Henri Nouwen

Death is a passage to new life.  That sounds very beautiful,
but few of us desire to make this passage.  It might be
helpful to realise that our final passage is preceded by
many earlier passages.  When we are born we make a passage
from life in the womb to life in the family.  When we go to
school we make a passage from life in the family to life in
the larger community.  When we get married we make a passage
from a life with many options to a life committed to one
person.  When we retire we make a passage from a life of
clearly defined work to a life asking for new creativity and
wisdom.

Each of these passages is a death leading to new life.  When
we live these passages well, we are becoming more prepared
for our final passage.

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