Everyday Spirituality

Archive for October 31, 2011

Prayer for the Death of a Loved One

“We give back to you, O God, those whom you gave to us. You did not lose them when you gave them to us, and we do not lose them by their return to you. Your dear Son has taught us that life is eternal and love cannot die. So death is only a horizon, and a horizon is only the limit of our sight. Open our eyes to see more clearly, and draw us closer to you that we may know that we are nearer to our loved ones who are with you. You have told us that you are preparing a place for us: prepare us also for that happy place, that where you are we may also be always, O dear Lord of life and death.” (William Penn 16-44-1718, The Oxford Book of Prayer)

I am reminded that many years ago Christopher Columbus thought the world was flat     because all he could see was the horizon line where the sky  met the water.

Perhaps we are like Christopher Columbus when it comes to understanding death.

We just may be closer than we think.

Join me in praying for the gift of increased sight.