Feb 17, 2014

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MEDITATION: Is there life after birth?

MEDITATION: Is there life after birth?

Yes, God is not far from each one of us, for ‘In God we live and move and have our being’; as even some of your poets have said, ‘For we are indeed God’s offspring.’ (Acts 17:27-28)

This past week a woman sent me a moving piece which was written by the well known Catholic writer Henri Nouwen. She received it from a friend in Germany days before the birth of her third grandchild.

It recalls a conversation between twins in the womb of their mother, shortly before their birth. It goes as follows.

“Tell me, do you really believe in life after our birth?” one of the twins asked the other.

“Yes indeed!” answered the other one. “Here inside the womb we grow and become stronger to face whatever waits for us in the outside world.”

“But that does not make any sense”, remarked the first one. “There can be no life after birth. What will it look like? Please tell me!”

“Well, how precisely it will be I can’t tell you. For certain, there will be more light than here. Perhaps we shall be able to walk around out there and even eat with our mouths.”

“So much nonsense I have never heard! To eat with our mouths? What a mad idea! I mean, we have the umbilical cord that feeds us. And how shall we be able to walk around? The umbilical cord is too short for that.”

“Well, I am sure it will happen. Everything out there will be a little different.”

“You are dreaming! Nobody thus far has returned after birth. Birth marks the end of our lives. Full stop.”

“I admit – nobody really knows how life will look like after birth. What I do know is that we shall be able to see our mother and that she will care for us.”

“Mother?? You can’t be serious to believe in a mother. Where on earth is she?”

“Well, right here– everywhere around us. We live in and through her. Without her we can do nothing.”

“Nonsense! I have never heard of a mother. She can’t be for real.”

“Well, she is. Often when we are very quiet, you can hear her singing. One can even feel her when she caresses us.”

Carel Anthonissen

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