Sunday, March 08, 2015

passing through...

A couple of days ago my Facebook feed was full of death, dying, and remembering those we've lost. I'd also spent several hours trawling through emails and files for Testimonies to the grace of god in the life of various Friends in our Yearly Meeting, some of which are just names to me, others well loved and much missed f/Friends. We never know quite how many other lives we touch as we pass through our own, who will remember us, who will mourn our passing.

I'm feeling grateful to have been a part of so many lives, sometimes just a fairly small part, and/or a long ago part, but a part none the less. Each and every one of them has helped shape me into who I am today, we're all ripples in each others' ponds.

Giving thanks for the lives of those who have passed on, celebrating who they were to each of us, keeping them alive in our hearts bears out the words of William Penn (1693) 'They that love beyond the world cannot be separated by it.Death cannot kill what never dies. Nor can spirits ever be divided that love and live in the same Divine Principle, the root and record of their friendship. If absence be not death, neither is theirs.'

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