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Forty-Five Minutes Dead

It was a whiteout in bitter cold. You think you fell, though you don’t really recall. Rescued unconscious, airlifted to the ER, there by any measure of life and death, you died. The doctors invoked their sorcery, their necromance technology. Performing CPR, they bypassed your heart and lungs. They connected your lifeless form to a machine that mimicked life functions your body could not perform. The shamanism paid off. You returned to the realm of the living after being dead for forty-five minutes you were responsive again! Forty-five minutes. What wisdom can you impart about afterlife? Forty-five minutes. Did you sense your soul departing? Forty-five minutes. Did you see a path to the stars or a bright perfect glow awaiting? Forty-five minutes. What is living and dying? Is there a line? Animation and stillness? Growth and decay? Forty-five minutes. Are they just parts of a continuum? Are they intertwined like yin and yang? Forty-five minutes. Can you describe the face of God or the ecstatic rapture of eternity? Forty-five minutes dead.

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Date: 12/9/2020 6:28:00 PM
Wow Thomas! I like poems about miracles like this. Have you read the book “90 Minutes in Heaven?” A Pastor was in a wreck and was believed to be brain dead for that long and he felt himself being hugged by everyone in his faith life who had gone to heaven before. He and others who have had similar stories describe such love. An old family friend said she felt God living her -she had a bad heart and was dead 4 minutes.
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Date: 12/9/2020 8:15:00 PM
Hi Jennifer, I'm not familiar with that book. But I've read the accounts of afterlife experiences people like this report. These accounts are reported in every religion and every culture in the world. I don't presume to know what they mean. But they raise important questions about the nature of our relationship to the universe. Thank you for your comment!