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From the Old Testament reading at Holy Communion:

As they 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)

Loss is a universal human experience – which makes it not one bit easier to bear.

This glass is in the chapel of St. John’s College, Cambridge.

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