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On Death from "The Prophet", Khalil Gibran

Well, in less than 2 hours it will be exactly 1 month since Mum passed away. In the next few days I will endeavour to write here the story of my final minutes with her... blessed, God-given minutes that I think made subsequent events (the funeral, etc...) easier to deal with.

One thing I wanted to share is the text that my brother Shaun (a druid... yes really!) read just before I read the eulogy during the funeral. I had read this text some years back, but had pretty much forgotten it. I think it is one of the most beautiful and intelligent writings on death I have ever read or heard. My most emotional moment during the funeral came when hearing the last 3 lines, especially the very last one. Such a beautiful image and so, so true (according to what my faith tells me).

On Death (from “The Prophet” by Khalil Gibran)

Then Almitra spoke, saying, "We would ask now of Death."
And he said:
You would know the secret of death.
But how shall you find it unless you seek it in the he…

You are more than the choices that you've made

... and here's a quote from the 2nd Tenth Avenue North song ("You Are More") whose video I included in the last post: something else that should cheer us up!!

“you are more than the choices that you’ve made
you are more than the sum of your past mistakes
you are more than the problems you create
you’ve been remade
cause this is not about what you’ve done
but what’s been done for you
this is not about where you’ve been
but where your brokenness brings you to
this is not about what you feel
but what He felt to forgive you
and what He felt to make you new.”

Deck the Halls with a bit of fun!

A bit of Christmas-spirited cheer from Christian band Tenth Avenue North... to cheer you up on dark November nights :-)

And here is the video to a single of theirs from this time last year: more serious in tone, obviously, but a great video + great song.