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 and I stand and watch her until at length she hangs like a speck of white cloud just where the sea and the sky come to mingle with each other.
Then someone at my side says,
“There! She’s Gone!”
Gone from my sight, that is all.
She is just as large in mast, hull, and spar as she was when she left my side, and she is just as able to bear the load of living weight 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’s Gone!” there are other eyes watching her coming and other voices ready to take up the glad shout.
“There she comes!”
And that my dear friend is the beauty and grace of eternal life!
Art Credit: Nebojsa Jovanovic