Now I will no longer be in the world.
Today is a day for farewells. Jesus says he will longer be in
the world, and today Paul also says, “Now I know that none
of you . . . will ever see my face again.” The disciples are
weeping. The people of Miletus are weeping too, throwing
their arms about Paul. “You draw like cords around my heart,”
says the traditional Christian song “The Parting Hand.” It
tells of drooping minds, flowing tears, and mourning souls.
But there are two things to get us through. “Duty makes me
understand,” says the song, “that I must take the parting
hand.” And then, moving beyond duty, the song cries out in
hope, “On that happy, happy land, we’ll no more take the
parting hand.” It’s not clear if the parting hand ever lets go
until the end. The hand we grasp in duty and hope also leads
us to that distant shore.
Daily Inspirations are excerpted from 2017: A Book of Grace-Filled Days by Amy Andrews ©2016 Loyola Press. All Rights Reserved.
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