For death is no more than a turning of us over from time to eternity.
dying is fine)but Death ?o baby i wouldn’t like Death if Death were good:for when(instead of stopping to think)you begin to feel of it,dying ’s miraculous why?be cause dying is perfectly natural;perfectly putting it mildly lively(but Death is strictly scientific & artificial & evil & legal) we thank thee god almighty for dying (forgive us,o life!the sin of Death (e. e....read more
O Lord Jesus Christ, who yourself did weep beside the grave, and are touched with the feeling of our sorrows; fulfill now your promise that you will not leave your people comfortless, but will come to them. Reveal yourself unto your afflicted servants, and cause them to hear you saying, I am the resurrection and the life. Help them, O Lord, to turn to you with true discernment, and to abide in you through living faith, that finding now the comfort of your presence, they may have also a sure confidence in you for all that is to come: until...read more
Tonight, as on other nights, I’m walking alone through the valley of fear. O God, I pray that you will hear me, for you alone know what is in my heart. Lift me out of the valley of despair and set my soul free. (Anne...read more
I thought I’d write my own obituary. Instead, I wrote the poem for when I’m risen from the dead: Ignite the flares, connect the phones, wind all the clocks; the sun goes rusty like a medal in its box— collect it from the loft. Peg out the stars, replace the bulbs of Jupiter and Mars. A man like that takes something with him when he dies, but he has wept the coins that rested on his eyes, eased out the stopper from the mouthpiece of the cave, exhumed his own white body from the grave. Unlock the rivers, hoist the dawn and launch...read more
Go forth on your journey, beloved of God, from this world to the world which is to come. Go with the encompassing of God, the loving Father, who created you. Go with the companionship of Christ, the Savior, who redeemed you. Go with the protection of the Holy Spirit who brought you to life and who sustains you through death. Go in the company of the Sacred Three, enfolded in their love. Go now from your struggles to your eternal rest. Enter the joys of Heaven....read more
Lord, you have taken the fear of death away from us. The end of our life here you have made the beginning of true life. For a little while you will let our bodies rest in sleep, and then with the last trumpet you will wake them from their sleep. You give to the Earth to keep for you this earth of ours, which you shaped with your own hands; and you will take it back again, and from a mortal, formless lump transform it into a thing of immortal beauty. To free us from sin and from the curse laid upon us, you took both sin and the curse upon...read more
Consider this, my Soul, that thou hast none whom thou mayest call thine own. Vain are thy wanderings on the Earth. Two days or three, then ends this Earthly life; yet all men boast that they are masters here. Time’s master, Death, will come and overthrow such masterships. Thy best-beloved, for whom thou art so terribly concerned, will she go with thee? Nay; rather, lest some ill befall the home, she will sprinkle with cow dung the house where thou hast died. (Ramaprasad Sen)...read more