that the Rev. Dr. Jerry Falwell is in heaven now, or wherever it is that the power commonly known as God welcomes human souls which have left their human bodies and teaches us the things we couldn't learn in our earthly life.
I'd like to think that a kind Father or nurturing Mother figure has little Jerry on his/her knee and is gently showing him how his life could have been more loving, more compassionate, less greedy, less judgmental.
But I don't have an afterlife figured out that definitively. The farthest I'm willing to go is to believe (and I could be wrong, but I won't know till I get there) that we will rise to a new level of understanding when we die. I rather imagine that I will learn that I have been both right and wrong about a few things and my understanding will be purified and expanded. Don't ask me what happens next, because I haven't gotten that far.
If I'm right about this one, I hope that one understanding I (and Mr. Falwell) receive(s) is that all of creation is good and has its reason for being. Because there are things and people I dislike as passionately as Mr. Falwell and I need to be taught that all creatures have their place in the choir. Thank you, Bill Staines, for your song, but I'm having a hard time with the porcupines in my life and I want to do better.