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LIFE ETERNAL

Someone named, James Langdon Hill, once said, "Life Eternal! How shall I express my thought of it? It is not mere existence, however prolonged and free from annoyance. It is not the pleasures of the senses, however vivid. It is not peace. It is not happiness. It is not joy. But it is all these combined into one condition if spiritual perfection - one emotion of indescribable rapture - the peace after the storm has gone by, the soft repose after the grief is over, the joy of victory when the conflict is ended."

In the 1938 Pulitzer Prize for Drama three-act play, "Our Town," written in 1937, by the late great American playwright and novelist, Thornton Niven Wilder (1897 - 1975), one of the characters says: "I don’t care what they say with their mouths - everybody knows that something is eternal. And it ain’t houses, and it ain’t names, and it ain’t earth, and it ain’t even stars...everybody knows in their bones that something is eternal, and that something has to do with human beings...There’s something way down deep that’s eternal in every human being."

Deep down - within our being - we know that something is Eternal - we do not need to have a reason for believing that - we just know it intuitively - yet, many fail to grab ahold...

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