Sunday, May 8, 2011

Just Behind The Veil.

                      Today I attended the funeral of the father of a confirmation student.
He was a very well known man,  talented, composed many songs for various east Indian competitions and  lead the Marathi choir .... His passing away was sudden, this death was a shock even to me who didn't know him that well.

            It is difficult when people leave like this.

On my way to church I was thinking about the uncertainty of  our lives, there were quite a few unexpected deaths the previous year too. Its funny how we fool our selves into thinking that we don't face death every single day.
                    I spoke with my Dad about this a little later, his take on this amazes me. I am normally disturbed when such things happen coz I fear for my parents, I love them a lot. My Dad casually says, "We come we go we have to be prepared for it no one is here permanently". I know my father believes this because of the way he acts it out, he Isn't afraid to take our dogs on the road without a leash, I fear for them, he says what will happen will happen, and he is right. We cannot stop it or fight it. Yesterday I was disturbed when I heard this news, I prayed that God take care of my parents and keep them in good health, I also asked for strength to face such uncertainty. I realised I am no one to interfere with the will of God.
                     John Kinny was Loved, we know this. The amount of people grieving at his death stood as a testimony to his life. It is difficult to cope with the shock of suddenly losing a loved one, yet we need to realise, There is Hope.
                    This brings to mind a snippet from 'Harry Potter and the order of the Phoenix' where Luna Lovegood talks about her deceased mother.

'Yes, It was rather Horrible said Luna conversationally.'I still feel very sad about it sometimes.But Ive still got Dad.And anyway, it's not as though I'll never see my mum again is it?'
'Er-isn't it' said Harry uncertainly.
She shook her head in disbelief.
Oh,come on. You heard them, just behind the veil, didn't you?
                              You mean..

'In that room in the arch way they were just lurking out of sight, that's all. You heard them.'

They looked at each other. Luna was smiling slightly. Harry did not know what to say, or to think: Luna believed in such extraordinary things....yet he had been sure he had heard voices behind the veil, too.
She walked away from him and, as he watched her go, he found that the terrible weight in his stomach seemed to have lessened slightly.
"In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me."
                                                                                                               - Jn 16:16