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Friday, November 30, 2012


I am standing upon the seashore.  A ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze and starts for the blue ocean.  She is an object of beauty and strength.  I stand and watch her until at length she hangs like a speck of white cloud just where the sea and sky come to mingle with each other.

Then someone at my side says:  "There, she is gone!"

"Gone where?"

Gone from my sight.  That is all.  She is just as large in mast and hull and spar as she was when she left my side and she is just as able to bear the load of living freight to her destined port.

Her diminished size is in me, not in  her.  And just at the moment when someone at my side says:  "There, she is gone!"  There are other eyes watching her coming, and other voices ready to take up the glad should:  "Here she comes!"

And that is dying.

~ Henry Van Dyke


Monique said...

May God's comfort and presence be with you in whatever you are grieving.

~*~Patty S said...

sending you hugs, comfort and peace

Anonymous said...

What a fitting piece of prose, a great perspective. Hugs.

Coleen said...

Yes, I loved it. Such a way to express heaven waiting for us.

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Coleen said...

Thanks, Monique. God has "numbered our days" and I trust in that.

Coleen said...

Thank you, Patty. My dad is resting in heaven and I have comfort in that. I fully trust.

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