1 Thessalonians 4:13 "But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope." KJV
I have hope. It is not formed from the quasi-expectation
that I will be reunited with Dad in some grand heavenly
scheme. My hope is not the feeling of certainty that
accompanies many believers when confronted with the
suffering and deaths of those near and dear to them.
My hope is different than that.
The author of First Thessalonians made an assumption.
Those of us who are unbelievers mourn heavily in certain
ways because we don't have the hope of reunion after death
that Christians have. I have not found any good-enough
evidence for survival after physical death. I prefer to live
life as if this is it. Because for me, this is it. Life is
fantastic. I have not found the need to insert any sort of
divinity into the formulary.
My hope is in the application of stem cell research to
sapphoq on life says: In the course of his Lewy Body
Dementia, Dad lost a lot. He lost his marriage, his career,
his money, his friends.
It was a privilege to be with Dad during the last years of
his life. Although there were some difficult times, I would
not have missed being with Dad for the world. Dad died
knowing that his life mattered. He certainly made a
difference in my life.
I lost one person to death. Dad lost everyone.