Sunday, February 03, 2008

The Horizon

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 on the horizon.
Just where the sea and the sky come to mingle with one another.
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 other voices ready to take up the glad shout:
"Here she comes!"
And that is dying.

Henry Scott Holland


Nicole said...


luvmypeanut said...

Incredible. I miss her.

Anonymous said...

so true...

Anonymous said...

At the prayer service in the fall, Annette asked us to hold up 2 other women also battling cancer in prayer. Marissa`s cancer was taken away by Jesus (to use Marissa`s husband`s term) 10 days before Annette`s and Meta`s was taken away February 4. Jesus has met those 3 ships! My prayers for all these families.