When our son-in-law’s mother died, the priest gave a wonderful homily that compared death to a ship. The essence of what he said was this:
When our loved one dies, it’s as if they are on a ship, leaving port and disappearing over the horizon. And those of us left on the dock watch sadly and say, “There she goes.” And when the ship goes over the horizon we mourn because our loved one seems to be gone completely, because we can’t see her any more.
But, when the ship disappears over the horizon to us, it is just appearing to those at another port. And there are loved ones and fellow believers standing on the dock there who have already made the same journey. They are watching expectantly, and when the ship comes over the horizon and approaches, they cheer and say joyously, “Here she comes!”
For a few months I have been reading a blog called, Leslie’s Journey. It is the story of Leslie, a young wife and mother, and her fight against cancer. Here is the latest update by her husband, Tyson, on a post Saturday evening,
“Leslie defeated cancer this evening at 9:15. She is now finally Home, having completed her “journey”. There is no more suffering. No more gasping for air. No more fear. No more heartache. She is certainly worshiping before the Throne, catching up with some old friends and family that have gone before her, and certainly some new friends and family, tilting her head back with her eyes closed and laughing with that contagious laugh—the one her failing lungs have been preventing her from laughing over the past few months . . . She taught us to love. She taught us to live. We are forever thankful for Your gift of life… and for the gift of Leslie. Amen.-Tyson”
I have never met Leslie or Tyson, but I have been so touched by their honest witnessing of how their faith has sustained them through all this. I look forward to one day meeting them in Heaven, and being able to tell them face-to-face how much their story has meant to me.
Leslie’s loved ones had to say, “There she goes,” last night. But as sad as they were, they knew that other loved ones and fellow believers were waiting “on the dock” in Heaven and saying, “Here she comes!” What a wonderful thought.
May God bless each of you with faith and peace that sustains you in whatever challenges you are facing in your life right now.