Wednesday, November 17, 2010

There Is No Death

"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 to mingle with each other. Then someone at my side says, 'There...she is gone. She is gone.'

Gone from my sight, that is all. She is just as large and 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 weight to her destined port. Her diminished size is in me, not her. And just at the moment when someone at my side says, 'There...she is gone' there are other eyes watching her coming and voices ready to take up the glad shout, 'There she comes.' And that is dying." - Henry Van Dyke

Painting by Texas Artist Laurie Pace

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