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Lovely reading for a funeral

I have been privileged to take rather a lot of funerals since Christmas and families often suggest readings which I havent come across before.

This one is new to new to me – its by Kahil Gibran and runs as follows:

Life and death are one, even as the
sea and river are one
In the depth of your hopes and desires
lies your silent knowledge of the beyond,
And like seeds dreaming beneath the
snow your heart dreams of spring
Trust the dreams, for in them is hidden
the gate to eternity.

For what is it to die but to stand
naked in the wind and melt into the sun
And what is it to cease breathing but
to free the breath from its restless tides, that it may rise and
expand and seek (God) unencumbered
Only when you drink from the river of
silence shall you indeed sing,
And when you have reached the mountain
top, then you shall begin to climb,
And when the earth shall claim your
limbs, then shall you truly dance.

Kahlil Gibran

Its a lovely spring morning in St Neots – so I shall do a mixture of  service preparation and a trip to a garden centre is called for later. Tonight in Little Paxton Village Hall is the Annual Benefice Race Night  ( nothing to do with sport relief I have to say!) – I shall go along and hopefully not shout too loud if any of my horses win!

Good morning!

March 19, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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