This morning my mother died after a long life. As someone pointed out, most of her life is still ahead of her! When I send a sympathy card, I insert a reflection on death. Today I am posting it for you…and for me, as a reminder:
Life Is Eternal
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,
and I stand and watch her until at length
she hangs like a speck of white cloud
just where the sea and sky come down to mingle with each other.
Then someone at my side says, “There! she’s gone.”
Gone where? Gone from my sight; that is all.
She is just as large in mast and hull and spare
as she was when she left my side
and just as able to bear her load of living freight
to the place of destination.
Her diminished size is in me, not in her;
and just at the moment when someone at my side says,
“There! she’s gone,”
there are other eyes watching her coming,
and other voices ready to take up the glad shout,
“There she comes!”
When you are face-to-face with the mystery of death, what thought gives you comfort?