“Death is Nothing at All”

This sermon given in 1910 comforts my heart, consoles my mind, and strengthens my spirit… A friend of a friend posted it today on Facebook, in response to the death of our mutual friend’s mother… In the past few days, I’ve seen a few messages about the passing of loved ones, or of serious circumstances where it seems death may enter… I am forever grateful to Jesus for making a way of escape… That the death of the body here is just a freeing of our true selves to continue living there, in His Kingdom, just around the corner… (If you’re interested in reading a “supernatural” story about what my mom experienced when my dad moved on to Heaven, please go to my blog entry titled “Every Day is ‘Earth Day’ to Him,” from April 22, 2011.)

“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 are still
Call me by my old familiar name
Speak to me in the easy way you always used
Put no difference into your tone
Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow
Laugh as we always laughed
At the little jokes we always 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 effect
Without the ghost of a shadow in it
Life means all that it ever meant
It is the same as it ever was
There is absolute unbroken continuity
What is death but a negligible accident?
Why should I be out of mind
Because I am out of sight?
I am waiting for you for an interval
Somewhere very near
Just around the corner
All is well.
Nothing is past; nothing is lost
One brief moment and all will be as it was before
How we shall laugh at the trouble of parting when we meet again!”

(This sermon, “The King of Terrors,” was spoken by Henry Scott-Holland, the Canon of St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, England, at St. Paul’s, on Whitsunday 1910, while the body of King Edward VII was lying in state at Westminster. Published in “Facts of the Faith,” 1919.)

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3 thoughts on ““Death is Nothing at All”

  1. Pingback: “Death is Nothing at All” (via A Time-Traveler’s Blog) « Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander

  2. It really hit me too… What a wise minister to have written those words! (And I’m so glad you can still blog and read blogs from your new location, Susan! I hope all is well, and Happy Labor Day to you!)

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