It was great to see Pads' cousin Anwen yesterday, back from her reconstituted 'Oz experience', complete with jet lag and a gift for one of his school-mates. He and Padi share many interests, a love of penguins amongst them, and this sent Anwen in pursuit of a plush Fairy (or Little) penguin, native to Australia and New Zealand, in Sydney Zoo.
51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. 55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? 56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. (Paul in 1 Corinthians 15)
Dry your tears, ye that stand around the bed of the dying believer, the parting moment is almost at hand -- a cold damp is on the forehead -- the eye is fixed -- the pulse too feeble to be felt -- are you staggered at such a spectacle? Nay! let faith do its part! The chamber is crowded with glorious forms; angels are waiting there to take charge of the disembodied soul; a hand gentler than any human is closing those eyes; and a voice sweeter than any human is whispering -- "Surely the Lord giveth his beloved sleep." Henry Melvill (1798-1871), in a Sermon entitled "Death the Gift of God.", cited by Spurgeon in commenting upon Psalm 127. (Thanks to Daniel for providing this quote).