The light is fading now. I must away. The distant sound of bagpipes at play. To sleep I must away. It was early morning on 22 March, 2000. She died on an artist’s day. The sun was shining. The sky was blue. A sleep you shall have. A rest you must take and our parting shall be but a pause.
This tombstone was in a random graveyard along the way of our Celtic tour. I’m so glad I took a photo of it. Someone’s love clearly rested beneath. I loved the line, “Our parting shall be but a pause.”
My aunt, Elsie Hamlin Hensley, was laid to rest today at the age of 91. She was such a lovely person. She loved people, loved to cook and make people welcome, and loved to laugh. She had not been her true self for the last several years due to dementia and resided in a nursing home. Her hair still had some natural color and she had almost no wrinkles – EVER. But what I remember most was the sound of her voice and her laughter.
My mother’s family had 16 children, and my father’s 14. I have a lot of aunts, uncles, and cousins. Through the years we have lost many, but I am always comforted by the belief that our parting is only temporary. I plan to spend eternity with them in heaven.
First of all, I must run my own race, finish my course, and fulfill my purpose and destiny on this planet before I get my promotion from this life to the next. It seems that time accelerates with each passing year. We are pilgrims and strangers only passing through this life on our way to the next.
John 14:1 – 6 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.
Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way?
Jesus saith unto him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”