Saturday, April 19, 2008


Tonight begins the celebration of Passover. I am not Jewish, nor would I presume to attempt to fill Hank's shoes in this annual tradition at InsureBlog.

I am aware of the Passover tradition, but from a Christian perspective. A few things I know about Passover include that this is a celebration of the time the Jews escaped from slavery in to freedom.

In a way, Eileen Sylvia Dennis Stern Keller has experienced her own Passover as she transitioned from this world to the next. I trust these words are received in the manner in which they are put forth, but I was reminded of a poem that was recited by Ronald Reagan following the loss of seven astronauts.

Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
of sun-split clouds, — and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of—wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov’ring there,
I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air....
Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue
I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace
Where never lark nor even eagle flew—
And, while with silent lifting mind I’ve trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.
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