A friend of mine recently lost a dear friend. She posted this quote from Henry Scott Holland:
“Death is nothing at all. It does not count. I have only slipped away into the next room. Nothing has happened. Everything remains exactly as it was. I am I, and you are you, and the old life that we lived so fondly together is untouched, unchanged.
Whatever we were to each other, that we are still. Call me by the old familiar name. Speak of me in the easy way which you always used. Put no difference into your tone. Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow. Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes that we enjoyed together. Play, smile, think of me, pray for me.
Let my name be ever the household word that it always was. Let it be spoken without an effort, without the ghost of a shadow upon it. Life means all that it ever meant. It is the same as it ever was. There is absolute and unbroken continuity. What is this death but a negligible accident? Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight? I am but waiting for you, for an interval, somewhere very near, just round the corner. All is well. Nothing is hurt; nothing is lost.
One brief moment and all will be as it was before. How we shall laugh at the trouble of parting when we meet again?”
What beautiful, comforting words. I’m glad they gave her some solace.
I must say though, it is very hard to think of death in such a way. When my father passed away there were many blessings. He had been sick for quite some time and had such a strong faith we knew he was in a better place. And yet the loss of his absence still tore our hearts apart.
In the long run we know we will see each other again, and I too look forward to “laughing at the trouble of parting” but God understands our pain in the moment. He sits with us in the shadow of death and reminds us that we shall fear no evil.
Let’s acknowledge our pain but never forget God’s ever-present comfort.
Lord, draw close to us when we grieve and are in pain. May we feel Your love and warmth. Amen.
When have you been parted from someone dear to you?
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This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.