I was recently at a memorial service for a friend and after “Well Done” by the Afters was played the pastor spoke of my friend’s deep faith and said, “Do not mourn for Kevin. He didn’t even shut his eyes and in an instant was in the presence of God.” So beautiful and it reminded me of this poem I came across years ago by an amazing servant of God and author, Calvin Miller. Every time I read this beautiful poem, I cry…tears of joy. I have shared this with so many and want to share it with you now. If you love Jesus this is what you can expect. I hope someone reads this at my memorial service.
I once scorned every fearful thought of death,
When it was but the end of pulse and breath,
But now my eyes have seen that past the pain
There is a world that’s waiting to be claimed.
Earthmaker, Holy, let me now depart,
For living’s such a temporary art.
And dying is but getting dressed for God,
Our graves are merely doorways cut in sod.
Calvin Miller, The Divine Symphony (Minneapolis: Bethany, 2000), 139.