Sunday, January 21, 2007

Just around the corner

This is what Steph read at her mom's funeral mass. It is...just what I needed to hear? Steph has a lot of good things to say and this year she's planning to school me, and the rest of the internet, in some music we may be missing. Go check her out if you're interested in joining the class.

Death is nothing at all. I have only slipped away into the next room. I am I and you are you. Whatever we were to each other, that we still are. Call me by my old familiar name, speak to me in the easy way which you always used. Put no difference in your tone, wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow. Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes we enjoyed together. Play, smile, think of me, pray for me. Let my name be ever the household word that it always was, let it be spoken without effort, without the trace of a shadow on it. Life means all that it ever meant. It is the same as it ever was; there is unbroken continuity. Why should I be out of mind just because I am out of sight? I am waiting for you, for an interval, somewhere very near, just around the corner. All is well.

--- Henry Scott Holland
Canon of St Paul's Cathedral

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