Copyright, by Joan Clifton Costner
The Departure
He boarded the ship with a smile and a wave.
And though he would like to stay,
He bade us farewell and we watched his ship
Sail silently away.

We clutched our breasts and wiped our eyes
But he, on the vessels bow,
Was happy and blessed; with no trace of tears.
For, nothing could hurt him now.

A shining vessel, with white sails spread,
Sailed out on a timeless sea.
And oh, the mem'ries of so many years
Swept like a flood over me!

We know he is standing, with strength renewed,
In a glorious heavenly place.
We know he's contented and strong and free,
Greeted with cherished embrace.

Still we watch, as long as our eyes can hold;
'Til at last, we must say, "He's gone."
But, we must remember that other shore,
Where loved ones are shouting, "He's Home!"

"He is gone!"  "He is Home!" From two different worlds;
The evident and the obscure.
God, help us develop our spiritual eyes ...
Until Heaven, by faith, is made sure!

"Now Faith is the substance of things hoped for,
the evidence of things not seen."
Hebrews 11:1

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