No Abiding City: Duane W.H. Arnold, PhD

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10 Responses

  1. The Dude says:

    I understand your plight.My mother is 86 and is having symptoms of dementia.A recent trip to the Hospital with irregular heart beat left us disturbed.I’m no longer afraid to let my mother know how much she loved……

  2. Duane Arnold says:

    I think we all come to understand different priorities… No one has prepared us for this.

  3. Jean says:


    I have found in my own experience that the sense of “borrowed time,” or “limited time” becomes more palpable the closer mortality draws near. It begins as empathy that grows more intense with the closeness of the relationship, and eventually it arrives in first hand experience.

    My other discovery is that theology is in a way theoretical until it is experienced most vividly in suffering. The Bible teaches us what to expect, and how to deal with adversity, but one gets the whole picture until it is experienced.

    I wish your mother God’s peace and God’s strength and comfort as you help her through that final river…

  4. Duane Arnold says:


    Many thanks…

  5. bob1 says:

    Thanks for the poignant post, Duane.

    I’m getting to the age where I need get this pre-funeral stuff going and finished, for
    our kids.

    Guess it’s a reminder that at some point, each of us will be passing on the baton…

  6. Duane Arnold says:


    It’s a time that comes to us all…

  7. Xenia says:

    Yesterday while I was standing in church I was looking around thinking who might make good pall-bearers for my funeral.


  8. Duane Arnold says:


    Don’t plan on an “early departure”!

  9. Xenia says:

    LOL, not to worry. 🙂 It was more a case of looking at a roomful of people I love and thinking warm thoughts about them.

  10. Duane Arnold says:


    Glad to hear it!!! ?

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