Words forum: our mortality ~ coming to terms with it

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Jan 19, 2012 3:39 PM CST
Name: Dorothy (LaVonne) Mitchell
Somerset, KY

When do we actually think about our mortality and then work on coming to terms with it?

The other day this thought came to me and I had to give it some deep consideration. Right now it just seems I accepted it with the onset of growing old. But that doesn’t seem quite right…so I decided to go back to the very beginning.

I came up with these thoughts. When we are in utero, growing and learning, we have no fears; our watery world protects us so we have no thought of mortality. At our birth, we are ejected into a strange new world. Whatever we knew before is now being hidden from us, for it would not do for us to bring all the universes knowledge into this new life. How would people react if we spoke, were to tell them intimate things about God, were wiser than they? I shudder at the thought. No, it would not do, we have to learn again, from the beginning of our first breathe. The only thing we may still possess is a sense of immortality.
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Yes, immortality. Think about it. Remember back to your childhood and the childhood of your children. Think of all the things you did growing up that caused your mother and you to gasp, pull hair out, pray for your safety and safe return home from your adventures. How about the time you or your child took their first steps, shaky on two little legs and your mom wanted to grasp you so you wouldn’t fall…you did the same with your own children. Then there was the time the child learned to ride his/her first two wheel bicycle, the first time he/she pulled out of the driveway with the family car to run an errand, go meet friends, go on a date, the prom? How many of you waved and then went inside, maybe to your bedroom, got down on your knees and prayed fervently to God to keep that child safe and bring them home safely.

You look in the mirror one day and what do you see? A grey hair, no, I am only 35 or 38! You might even pluck it out. But it is only the beginning.

Then one day the child, no longer a child, but a young man/woman comes home and announces they have enlisted in the Armed Forces. You are shocked for we are at war. You’re as patriotic as the next American, but this is your child! Yet, you find yourself accepting their choice and prepare yourself for them leaving home, maybe for the last time. That night, in your room, you find yourself again on your knees, praying to God, the same God that heard and answered your prayers all those times before. This time in addition to praying for your child’s safety you pray for yourself as well. You ask for the strength to get through this and to accept His will.

In the mirror the next morning you see more grey hairs. They are friends now for you have earned everyone and you know they will be joined with a few more in the coming months and years.

Strangers just see a woman growing old, but in reality you’re a woman who has walked with God, talked with Him and accepted His badge of honor that He has bestowed on you for all to see.

I don’t think we actually come close to our mortality until we encounter a friend or loved one near our own age who we find is ill and soon passes away. I believe it is then that we actually think of our own mortality and the mortality of all those around us. We may even become frightened; go through a kind of grieving process and in the end we come to terms that our bodies don’t live forever. Through our spiritual beliefs we do know that the essence, the soul, of our being does live forever.
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I believe that when we actually put those two processes, Immortality and Mortality, in their proper prospective can we truly understand our place in the universe. Can truly accept our passing from the mortal coil to the beauty that is our immortal essence (soul) and take our place in that Universe called by many names, Heaven being just one.


Tahlmorra lujhala mei wiccan
(The fate of a man rests always within the hands of the gods)
Jan 19, 2012 7:02 PM CST
Name: Sharon
I think this writing must have come straight from your heart, Dorothy. It seems so, anyway. It's open and honest and real. Thought provoking as well.

And it's a difficult subject to even think about.
Trying to be objective, which is not easy at this age and on this topic, I find that if we are totally honest, there is a certain amount of fear of the unknown. Maybe that's why it's hard to write and to talk and to think about our mortality.

You did a good job.
Jan 19, 2012 7:31 PM CST
Name: Dorothy (LaVonne) Mitchell
Somerset, KY

I wrote it because of the feelings I have been experiencing. The things I have been going through. At first I had reservations of posting it and then I seemed compelled to doing just that. So, it was from the heart, and yes, despite what I wrote I do have some fears.

Tahlmorra lujhala mei wiccan
(The fate of a man rests always within the hands of the gods)
Feb 7, 2013 12:05 PM CST
Name: Brenda Essig
Rio Dell, CA
Dorothy is gone and this post hints that she knew her end on this earth was drawing close. May she forever rest as peacefully as she started in utero.
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Feb 7, 2013 12:29 PM CST
Name: Sharon
I came back and read this too, Zany, just after she left us.

She had a deep insight, she had a great understanding, and along with you, I hope she's resting peacefully surrounded by great beauty and deep unending peace.
Feb 7, 2013 1:19 PM CST
Name: Charleen
Alford, Florida
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You know what?? this is very Beautiful. I am so glad you too brought it back to life.
I am sure she is watching and know we all still have her in our hearts and minds. What a peaceful feeling. Thank you all.
and our friend in heaven, Dorothy.
Bless you all.
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Feb 7, 2013 1:30 PM CST
Name: Jaye or Sistah
North Carolina, temporarily.
Lord Jesus, He's all I need.
this is assurance that Dorothy is walking with God.
Thanks Sharon.
We will always miss this wonderful sistah, but she'll always live in our hearts. She did the one command that Jesus asked of all, and she did that well.
She has loved her sistahs here on DG and Cubits, unconditionally, without expecting anything in return.
Thus, she left behind an indelible spot in our hearts.

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Feb 7, 2013 4:20 PM CST
Name: Linda Cartwright
Del Rio, Texas
Wow, this is such a wonderful article! Straight from the heart, and her soul!
We miss you Dorothy!
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Feb 7, 2013 5:40 PM CST
Name: Susan
Torrington, Alberta, Canada
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yes, Dorothy - you are missed........ We love you dearly, as I know the Lord loves you too Angel

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Feb 7, 2013 9:24 PM CST
Name: Jo Miklovic
Hereford, AZ

A most beajutiful writing~~!! Jo
Feb 8, 2013 6:04 AM CST
Name: Barb Jenkins
Hillsborough, NH
I had forgotten about this. I read it when she first posted it. Thank you Sharon for bringing it back to let us read again.
Feb 8, 2013 2:00 PM CST
Name: Pegi Putnam
Norwalk, Ca. zone 10b
The article was so beautiful! Thanks Sharon for bringing our attention back to the wonderful words Dorothy put down for all of us to read. Such a beautiful woman who now resides in Heaven with Our Lord.
Life is fragile, handle with prayer.
Feb 11, 2013 6:33 AM CST
Name: Magga
Reykjavik, Iceland
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These words from our dear Dorothy along with so many more will keep her memory with us always. Lovey dubby

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