A deep dive meditation on Lazarus, death, and coronavirus

My own experiences with death

When I was 6, I had a little dog, a toy poodle. I was deeply in love with him. He was my constant companion. He slept with me every night. And then he died. Every night for years after, I cried myself to sleep, missing him so.

A gift of information

A week or two before his sudden heart attack, I was blessed with the gift of a premonitory dream. I dreamt my dad fell off a huge bridge and died. It was so real I screamed and woke up. It was 3 am. What a relief, it was just a dream! I relaxed and went back to sleep. The dream picked up right where it left off.

Lots of evidence we’ve got this death thing wrong

A few years ago, I had the pleasure of meeting and getting to know Adriane Hartigan von Strauch. As she was growing up in Germany she had a very strong desire to visit New Zealand. At the first chance, she went and eventually met an older native man to whom she felt an instant warmth. He invited her to his home and then she remembered. She recognized everything there. Including him. He had been her twin brother. She had been his twin sister — who died in the influenza epidemic of 1918.

More evidence

A few years ago I had the good fortune to meet Irene Kendig, author of a fascinating book called Conversations With Jerry And Other People I Thought Had Died. They didn’t die, they told her clearly. They’re still alive.

Why did Christ resurrect Lazarus?

What better way could God show us the truth about our erroneous thinking about death than by willfully exiting his body (dying) and then returning to it (being resurrected.) Jesus was not the first to try. There have been accounts of resurrection of the dead in the Old Testament, as well that the New.

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Laurel Kashinn

Laurel Kashinn

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Laurel Kashinn is a Certified Ghostwriter, Professional Résumé Writer, doTERRA Wellness Advocate, and Orthodox Christian living and writing in Milwaukee, Wisc.