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Sunday, March 11, 2012

Remembering Japan

One year ago today, the world watched in horror
as part of Japan was swept away by a tsunami. 

Over 19,000 people lost their lives.

I've never seen anything like it in my life, 
and I hope to never see anything like it again.

Today.. Please take a moment to remember the victims and their families. 

Whether you pray, 
or just take a moment of silence,
remember them and send them some Light.

 I am standing on the sea shore, 
A ship sails in the morning breeze and starts for the ocean. 
She is an object of beauty and I stand watching her  
Till at last she fades on the horizon and someone at my side says:  
"She is gone." 

 Gone! Where?  
Gone from my sight - that is all.  
She is just as large in the masts, 
hull and spars as she was when I saw her  
And just as able to bear her load of living freight to its destination.  
The diminished size and total loss of sight is in me,  
not in her.  

And just at the moment when someone at my side says,  
"She is gone",  
There are others who are watching her coming, 
and other voices take up a glad shout:  
"There she comes"  
- and that is dying.  
An horizon and just the limit of our sight.

 Lift us up, Oh Lord, that we may see further.   

Bishop Brent 1862 - 1926


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