We shall see the sky sparkling with diamonds… We shall see evil and all our pain disappear

 

We shall see the sky sparkling with diamonds…

 

 

Just as my father said to me before he died at 103:  I shall see your mother again.  And he was so content

 

 

How could I be dismayed with the Christian comfort of the Easter message given to my father whose life I make the measure of my life?

 

He died in Addis Ababa, the city of my birth, at 103 in October 2016.  My mother died 14 years earlier.

 

 

 

 

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 Yoshino cherry tree, Longwood Gardens, Pennsylvania, April 

The flowers of the first trees to bloom on the north east coast of the United States are sparkling like diamonds in our sky now:  the Yoshino cherry.

 

 

 

What Sonya says at the end of the play, Uncle Vanya (1897) by Anton Chekhov (1860-1904, Russian).

 

SONYA:  What can we do?  We must live our lives. (A pause) Yes, we shall live, Uncle Vanya.  We shall live all through the endless procession of days ahead of us, and through the long evenings. 

 

 

 

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Bridal wreath spirea below flowers of a Wilson pearlbush

Among the first bushes to come into bloom after forsythia in the north-eastern US is spirea.

 

 

 

We shall bear patiently the burdens that fate imposes on us.

 

 

 

 

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Yoshino cherry tree, Longwood Gardens, Pennsylvania, April 

 

 

We shall work without rest for others, both now and when we are old.

 

 

 

 

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Yoshino cherry tree, Longwood Gardens, Pennsylvania, April 

 

 

 

And when our final hour comes, we shall meet it humbly, and there beyond the grave, we shall say that we have known suffering and tears, that our life was bitter.

 

 

 

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Yoshino cherry tree, Longwood Gardens, Pennsylvania, April 

 

 

 

And God will pity us.  Ah, then dear, dear Uncle, we shall enter on a bright and beautiful life.  We shall rejoice and look back upon our grief here.  A tender smile –and — we shall rest.

 

 

 

 

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Spirea, April, Winterthur, Delaware

 

 

 

We shall hear the angels. 

 

 

 

 

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Spirea, April, Winterthur, Delaware

 

 

 

We shall have faith.  Uncle, fervent, passionate faith.  We shall rest. 

 

 

 

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Spirea, April, Winterthur, Delaware

 

 

 

We shall see the sky sparkling with diamonds. 

 

 

 

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Spirea, April, Winterthur, Delaware

 

 

 

We shall see evil and all our pain disappear…………

 

 

 

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Spirea, April, Winterthur, Delaware

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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