The older I get, the more the physical body demonstrates its temporariness, the easier it is to believe with Rev. Tilden in today's leaflet, that death "helps the spirit out of its material body into its native air."
It is harder, sometimes, to believe that the "river Love reigns" at least on this side, and fear,instead, often abounds. And yet, in moments of surrender or acquiescence, fear fades and all is well. May it be so for all:
"THE SPARROWS FALL" (Scripture Reading)
"WHEN there were gathered together an innumerable multitude of people, insomuch that they trade one upon another, he began to say unto his disciples first of all, Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees -which is hypocrisy.
For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known.
Therefore, whatsoever ye have spoken in darkness shall be heard in the light; and that which ye have spoken in the ear in closets shall be proclaimed upon the house-tops.
And I say unto you, my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do.
Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father.
But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.
Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows. Matt. x. Luke xii
"THE SPARROW'S FALL" (Tilden's Meditation)
"DEATH sooner or later comes to all. But if it be the gate to higher life, who would wish to escape it ? Who would be anxious about the how or the when of the going, when He, without whom no sparrow falls, folds every child of His in His embrace ? The death-angel does not make us spirits; God did that at the beginning; but it helps the spirit out of its material body into its native air. On both sides the river Love reigns. Fear ye not, therefore, children of God! heirs of Life eternal ! ye are of more value than many sparrows. Fear ye not! Does the tornado sweep the earth ? He " maketh the clouds his chariot: and walketh upon the wings of the wind." Does the sea engulf our dearest treasures? "The sea is his, and he made it." He "hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand." He is working out His vast designs; turning defeat into victory, and making our sharpest trials tend to growth of soul. Our Father is at the helm of Destiny and " All's well!"