Death a destination

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Birth is a beginning

And death a destination

But life is a journey

A going — a growing

From stage to stage

From childhood to maturity

And youth to age.

From innocence to awareness

And ignorance to knowing;

From foolishness to discretion

And then perhaps, to wisdom.

From Weakness to strength

Or strength to weakness

And, often, back again.

From health to sickness

And back we pray, to health again.

From offence to forgiveness,

From loneliness to love,

From joy to gratitude,

From pain to compassion,

And grief to understanding.

From fear to faith.

From defeat to defeat to defeat

Until, looking backward or ahead,

We see that victory lies

Not as some high place along the way,

But in having made the journey, stage by stage.

A sacred pilgrimage.

Birth is a beginning

And death a destination.

But life is a journey,

A sacred pilgrimage

Made stage by stage

To life everlasting.


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