Everyday Spirituality

“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.

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Comments on: "Prayer for the Death of a Loved One" (3)

  1. At the Mass last night, the Icon of Saint Elizabeth was with many of the other saints displayed for All Saints Day. Betty and all of the loved ones who have gone before us are watching and praying with us, as we are with them.

  2. Susan Araas said:

    Beautiful prayer…so comforting to those who have lost a loved one.

    May we be open to Jesus the Light who reveals Himself through your tender words.

    Bless us, Oh Lord, so we may see clearly the truth of your everlasting love.

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