Burial At Sea Poem – There Is No Death

I am standing on the seashore. A ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze and starts fo rthe blue ocean. she is an object of beauty and strength, and i stand and watch her until at length shes is a speck of white cloud just where the sea and sky come to mingle with each other.
Then someone at my side says, “There!  She’s gone!”  Gone where?   Gone from my sight, that is all.  She is just as large in mast and hull and spar as she was when she left my side, and she is just as able to bear her load of living weight to her destined harbor.
Her diminished size is in me, not in her.  And just at the moment when someone at my side says, There!  She’s gone! there are other eyes watching her coming, and other voices ready to take up the glad shout, “There she comes!”
And that is dying.

Henry Jackson van Dyke[Adapted from 'A Parable of Immortality' by Henry Jackson van Dyke. It is reported that the last four words were added by an unknown source.
Born November 10, 1852, in Germantown, Pennsylvania, and educated in theology at Brooklyn Polytechnic, Princeton, and Berlin, Henry Jackson van Dyke worked twenty years as a minister, first in Newport, Rhode Island, from 1879 to 1883 and next in New York until 1899. His Christmas sermons, his essays, and his short stories made him a popular writer. His poems reveal a classical education as well as a common touch in matters of faith. He became Professor of English Literature at Princeton in 1900. In 1907, he wrote the still [...]

Ash Scattering Prayer – Comfort Prayer

God still sits on the throne. Each of you is going through a tough time right now, but God is getting ready to bless you in a way that only He can. Keep the faith.
This prayer is powerful, and prayer is one of the best gifts we receive. There is no cost but a lot of rewards. Let’s continue to pray for one another.
Here is the prayer:
Father, I ask You to bless my friends, relatives and buddies. Show them a new revelation of Your love and power.
Holy Spirit, I ask You to minister to their spirit at this very moment.
Where there is pain, give them Your peace and mercy.
Where there is self-doubt, release a renewed confidence through Your grace.
Bless their homes, family, finances, their goings and their comings.
In Jesus’ precious name.

Burial At Sea Poem – Prayer of the Dead at Sea

UNTO Almighty God we commend the soul of our brother departed, and we commit his body 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.

I AM the resurrection and the life, saith the Lord: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he
live: and who soever liveth and believeth in me, shall never die. I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he
shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: and though this body be destroyed, yet shall I see God: whom I
shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not as a stranger. We brought nothing into this world,
and it is certain we can carry nothing out. The LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.


Burial At Sea Poem – Be Comforted in Burial

My life is ended here
At peace with the sea.
The Lord has called me home and I am free
To go peacefully.
Don’t mourn my passing as I am now in the presence of the Glory of God. His bright love is abundant and his promises are real.
I will wait here for you dear ones in Jesus’s arms and watch over you with him until you also come home.
Be comforted loved ones.
Capt. Chad Theesfeld