There is no easy way to lead into this…The little guy I told you about recently, who is a student in my PSR class, passed away yesterday.  Our church family mourns with his parents.

For lack of my own original thoughts, I am drawn back to a conversation between Pippin Took and Gandalf the White in the film The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King.  It plays over and over in my mind, granting me peaceful reassurance of “a far green country.”

P: I didn’t think it would end this way.

G: End? No, the journey doesn’t end here. Death is just another path. One that we all must take. The grey rain-curtain of this world rolls back, and all turns to silver glass… then you see it!

P: What? Gandalf? See what?

G: White shores… and beyond. A far green country, under a swift sunrise.

P: Well, that isn’t so bad.

G: No… no, it isn’t.

May that swift sunrise light your eternity, Than.  Rest in gentle peace until we meet again.