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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Passport (07/25/05)

TITLE: Portals of Passage
By Helga Doermer
07/25/05


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All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.
Psalm 139:16 New International

The portals through which our lives pass are many, yet few require a hardcopy passport with picture identification. Instead, each gateway includes invisible expectations of its own. Every country, culture and religious community plays a part in shaping the spaces through which we enter and depart, even the two thresholds which all humanity cross.

Consider the first gateway we encounter from womb to world, the one we come through to be present in human form. Already many influences come to bear on whether entrance will be successful or not, such as: the circumstances surrounding conception and birth; gender of the child; birth order in the family; physical, emotional and financial ability to provide support; and the list goes on. Some of these factors will also have an impact on the reception that waits on the other side, for those who successfully exit the original home. Though attaining a separate human identity in the physical realm, this is simply one of many openings we pass through.

Whenever we tell stories of separation or belonging, we are describing portals. Stories of separation and rejection are descriptions of places that have been barred to us. While stories of belonging describe entrances successfully passed through. Few of us might ask how we obtained access to our families, religious communities, schools, jobs, or relational partnerships. When the path through life is smooth, we may not even be aware that invisible passports or barriers exist. We may not recognize that many ports have automatically opened to us. Yet when access is denied, the need for a passport of some kind becomes more readily apparent.

There is one passageway no one is denied. All who are birthed from womb to world will one day exit the physical realm. Laid to rest in the cradle of the earth, returning to ashes again, the sustaining hope is that we have successfully gained admittance to the true path intended to guide our life. Having lived the days ordained for us, our spirits are freed to depart through one last portal to eternity. No hardcopy passport is required, as all we have lived is imprinted on our being.


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Beth Muehlhausen08/01/05
This made me think and ponder - a good thing. Our hope is clear: "Having lived the days ordained for us, our spirits are freed to depart through one last portal to eternity."
Nina Phillips08/02/05
Amen, lovely. I enjoyed reading that. I agree with Beth on the parting paragraph. Wonderful conclusion.
God bless ya, littlelight
Pat Guy 08/04/05
A creative and thoughtful piece written very well. Still thinking about it! Good job!
Shari Armstrong 08/04/05
Nice descriptions.
Dixie Phillips 08/05/05
Very Deep! Thanks for making me pause and think!
Maxx .08/05/05
"There is one passageway no one is denied." This captured the essence of the piece. Very good writing. Thoughtful and well reasoned.
Val Clark08/06/05
Thought provoking, well written article. Like the reference to ports as possible barriers that we must pass through.