A friend of mine posted the following poem on Facebook, I found it to be a powerful metaphor, and a great way of dealing with one of life’s most difficult things, death of someone you love.
LIFE IS ETERNAL-
I am standing on 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 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’s gone.”
Gone where? Gone from my sight-that’s all.
She is just as large in mast and hull as she was when she left my side. Her diminished size is in me, not her.
And just at the moment when someone says, “There. She’s gone,” there are other eyes watching her coming, and other voices shouting,
“Here she comes!”
And that is dying.
– Henry Van Dyke
Please pray for all of those struggling with the death of a loved one.