It is always so difficult to select which photos of Handsome George to put in the slideshow, they are all so beautiful. This slideshow is called “George Through the Years”. Sometimes older but always divinely handsome.
I know I repeat myself from last year, but his is just so appropriate.
The Burial of the Dead
April is the cruellest month, breeding
Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
Memory and desire, stirring
Dull roots with spring rain…”
The Waste Land
This too, is appropriate:
“Will you not come home, brother? you have been long away,
It’s April, and blossom time, and white is the spray;
And bright is the sun, brother, and warm is the rain, -
Will you not come home, brother, home to us again?”
John Masefield, The West Wind.
For the religious among us there are these somewhat comforting words as drawn together at ChristianAnswers.net:
Resurrection of the dead
The resurrection of the dead will be simultaneous both of the just and the unjust (Dan. 12:2; John 5:28, 29; Rom. 2:6-16; 2 Thess. 1:6-10). The qualities of the resurrection body will be different from those of the body laid in the grave (1 Cor. 15:53, 54; Phil. 3:21); but its identity will nevertheless be preserved. It will still be the same body (1 Cor. 15:42-44) which rises again.
The nature of the resurrection body
1.It will be spiritual (1 Cor. 15:44), i.e., a body adapted to the use of the soul in its glorified state, and to all the conditions of the heavenly state. 2.glorious, incorruptible, and powerful (54) 3.like unto the glorified body of Christ (Phil. 3:21) 4.immortal (Rev. 21:4)
And two last bits of religiousity. This taken from the service for the Burial of the Dead in the 1928 “Book of Common Prayer” of the Episcopal church.
“O God, whose mercies cannot be numbered; Accept our prayers on behalf of the soul of thy servant departed, and grant him an entrance into the land of light and joy, in the fellowship of thy saints; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen”
This last is from the service for those buried at sea. Because George’s ashes were scattered in the English Channel I wanted to include this.
“Unto Almighty God we commend the soul of our brother departed, and we commit his [ashes] to the deep; in sure and certain hope of the Resurrection unto eternal life, through our Lord Jesus Christ; at whose coming in glorious majesty to judge the world, the sea shall give up her dead; and the corruptible bodies of those who sleep in him shall be changed, and made like unto his glorious body; according to the mighty working whereby he is able to subdue all things unto himself.”
For those amoung you who are not religious I hope the beauty of the language itself will bring some comfort.
This last part is taken from an article in an online magazine. (http://www.wildriverreview.com/essay/april-is-cruel/davis-lauren)
The author writes about the suicide of her two brothers. The article is well worth reading. I am quoting from the last part of the article which sets forth a more hopeful outlook:
“Although April may be the cruelest month, it is also the month of renewal and rebirth, during which death is overcome and life returns. And here I circle round again to T.S. Eliot, who also said:
So the darkness shall be light, and the stillness the dancing. Whisper of running streams, and winter lightning. The wild thyme unseen and the wild strawberry, The laughter in the garden, echoed ecstasy Not lost, but requiring, pointing to the agony Of death and birth.
T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets, East Coker”
George, know always that we will continue to love you and to pray for you—and to miss you.