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From the Old Testament reading at Evening Prayer:

As Elijah and Elisha continued walking and talking, a chariot of fire and horses of fire separated the two of them, and Elijah ascended in a whirlwind into heaven. Elisha kept watching and crying out, ‘Father, father! The chariots of Israel and its horsemen!’ But when he could no longer see him, he grasped his own clothes and tore them in two pieces.
(2 Kings, Chapter 2, verses 11-12, NRSV)

What to do when the one person who holds life together for us is suddenly taken away?

Window in the church of St. Mary the Virgin, Newport, Essex.

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