Tuesday, 18 October 2011


I am standing by 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 until at last she hangs like a peck of white cloud
just where the sun and sky come down to mingle with each other.
Then someone at my side says :
- 'There she goes!

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 just as able to bear her load of living freight
to the places of destination.
Her diminished size is in me, not in her.

And just at the moment when someone at my side says:
- 'There she goes! ',
there are other eyes watching her coming,
and other voices ready to take up the glad shout :
- 'Here she comes!'


This afternoon my Mum passed away, her passing comes as a relief to us all, she had suffered enough. We are grateful to the staff at St Ann's Hospice who have cared for her so well this last few days. My Dad, wife and I were at her bedside to be with her as she passed through the veil. We're thankful for the knowledge that just like the ship spoken of above, she will be welcomed by loving family on the other side.

Parable of immortality by Henry Van Dyke - 1852 - 1933 

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Kristine said...

So sad to hear of your loss! Even if a relief as she is in a better place now, it's still rough. Our prayers for you.

Lynn said...

So sorry for you and your family's loss John.

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry for your loss. Good and healing thoughts are headed toward you and your family.

Lisa said...

John, I'm so sorry. May the Lord's Spirit hold you up...much love and many prayers your way...

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I am so sorry, John. She may be gone from sight, but never from your heart.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Dear John and family .. I am sorry for your loss, but her pain will now be rejoicing in the good life above - St Ann's sounds a wonderful hospice - as they all are.

She will always be with you - just differently .. my thoughts to you all .. Hilary

Raejean said...

My condolences. I'm glad you have your family and your faith to comfort you.

Crystal Pistol said...

I am so sorry for your loss. Even though you have a clear understanding of the life after this I am sure you are hurting and will miss her. God bless you and your family at this time.

Julie said...

I am so sorry for your loss. My condolences to you and your family. This is a beautiful tribute to your mother.

Cathy said...

I am so sorry for your loss. I have been following your dad's blog and the ups and downs you have all been experiencing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Diane said...

So sorry for your loss, John, but so happy for your Mom. I wonder if she's met my Mom yet? She's on the other side, doing missionary work!

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