Monday, October 11, 2010

That is Dying!




Got a comment from Mel of http://upnorthwithmel.blogspot.com/ She made this comment yesterday. I thought it deserved an entry, not just a comment. If I can do it, I want to read it at Ruth's Memorial Service.

~mel said...
Jack and Sherry ~ I read this by Henry van Dyke and just wanted to share:

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 her 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 there are other voices ready to take up the glad shout, "Here she comes!" And that is dying.

- Henry van Dyke (1852 – 1933) American author, educator, and clergyman

Thanks again Mel.

Nite Shipslog

11 comments:

Y said...

Nice thought!

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

What a wonderful thought. I'm glad you shared it for us. Truly those we love are really never gone...they maybe out of our sight but in our hearts they remain forever. Thank you!

Coffeeveggie addict. said...

that was nice,it would be great to hear it 0n her last day.

Coffeeveggie addict. said...

that was nice,it would be great to hear it 0n her last day.

Cher' Shots said...

Mel is a gem, and I'm not just saying that because she is my sister; but because she genuinly cares about people. Jack and Sherry ~ I'm holding you close in my thoughts and prayers - hugs from afar.

ρομπερτ said...

Surely a great lesson. Thank you. Please have you all a good Tuesday.

~mel said...

Love YOU!! and the little bride too!! You take care and visit with those you love ~ and cherish the wonderful memories of those who have gone before us.

Woody said...

Very nice words, fitting. I have the flu, whoopee!

Paula said...

Very nice. Thanks for sharing.

That corgi :) said...

that was so neat what Mel sent you, I'm glad she did. I find comfort in that; I also like Psalm 116:15 Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints. I took great comfort in that after my mom died. I imagine Jesus was right there with Ruth at the moment she said goodbye to this world and hello to eternity :)

betty

Shirl 72 said...

This could not be said any better. What
wonderful words and how true.

Shirl