in memory of Dorothy Stein
A life like Dorothy’s is proof of the afterlife,
because it was a life full of joy and love and laughter,
with gardens and grandchildren and cooking
and the family growing and thriving and always coming
together again. The Spirit bears witness with our Spirit,
St. Paul says, that we are children of God,
and so we know. We feel God all around us and we feel God
in us and we feel God in a special way in a woman
like Dorothy, in her goodness and her kindness, and God is God.
He is stronger than death. He exists beyond death.
We believe in the afterlife because we believe in this life.
We know that Dorothy is now in the presence of God
because God was always present in her.
Through her we have glimpsed who God is and who God
will be for us, too. He is love, He is kindness,
He is all goodness forevermore, and no one is ever lost
or taken or beyond His love or beyond His reach.