Charles, and we both prayed, and he accepted\r\nJesus as his personal savior." He\r\nadded quietly, "It was the kind of meeting\r\nI dream about."\r\nWe watched the coffin descend into\r\nthe dark hole, slowly and very quietly.\r\nThe traffic continued to zoom by. The\r\nundertaker shook our hands and left,\r\nleaving his assistant to complete the burial.\r\nBrace made a joke about his mother\r\ncalling De Profundis the "scuba diver's\r\nprayer." I stared at him. Then, for some\r\nreason, I told him that I had prevented\r\nCharles' body from being cremated. He\r\nshook his head in irritation. "It doesn't\r\nmatter what happens to our bodies. We\r\nare spirit. When we rise again, we get\r\nglorified bodies. The Bible says, 'The sea\r\nwill give up its dead.'"\r\nI wasn't sure how all those thoughts\r\nwere connected to one another. I thought\r\nabout explaining the anti-Christian origins\r\nof cremation, how the cremation societies\r\nof the I9th century were Masonic\r\nin origin; their motives were to emphasize\r\nmaterialism and de-emphasize the religious\r\ndogma of the resurrection of the\r\nbody. Instead, I tried a more familiar response,\r\nremarking that St. Paul called our\r\nbodies temples of the Holy Spirit. "Yes, if\r\nyou possess the Holy Spirit," he said, with\r\na glint in his eye. Fair enough, I thought.\r\n(Later, I wondered if he had directed that\r\nat me. Being a former Protestant, I find\r\nProtestant suspicions somewhat refreshing\r\nâ€”much preferable to the...
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