A Thursday Thought

The Ship …

I am standing on the shore.

A ship, at my side, spreads her white sails to the moving breeze and heads 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 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’s just as large in mast, hull and spar as she was when she left my side, 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 says,

“There.  She’s gone..!

…other eyes are watching her coming, and other voices are ready to take up the glad shout,

“Here she comes..!”

…and that is dying…

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  1. What a beautiful thought. I wish I had had this when I spoke at my Mother’s celebration of life. It is so fitting for a life well lived. Deepest sympathy on the loss of your dear Mother. Be strong and cherish your memories.

  2. Becky deVries-Wong

    Really beautiful! So sorry for your loss

    I may borrow this in the future!

  3. I read this passage early this morning in a booklet provided by our local hospice agency as my beautiful, kind mother in law embarks on her journey away from our sight. I cannot tell you how much peace these words brought to all of us who love her. Thank you for sharing them, I’m sure one of your readers needs them as much as we do. Peace and blessings to you in the coming year.

  4. Beautiful and oh so relevant! On to better things. Our thoughts are with you both.

  5. what a lovely way to say farewell to your mother. Godspeed

  6. Thank you for posting this. I was with my Dad when he passed on last year, Dec 30, 2017. It was a great gift to be with him in those final hours and it helped me to know that as he left me, others were waiting – loved ones who’d been without him for many years, beloved pets who had passed on – including friends and loved ones and pets even from Daddy’s childhood. How amazing for him to see them all again. He was 93 and the love of my life. Reading this today in your post, perfectly explains how it felt in those final moments. Sincere condolences on the loss of your mother.

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