The Edge of the World

An interesting aspect of Outer Hebridean life, observed on a recent holiday, is the practice of burying the dead right on the coast next to the sea.

Here at Dail Mor on the Isle of Harris we are on the edge of the world and there is nothing between here and the other side of the Atlantic. Here on the edge of the infinite ocean we find the end of human life  –  or is the beginning?

At the end of the life we know, we move into the life that God promises will be eternal.
Here the cemetery is miles from any human habitation. Perhaps we need to learn to live closer to the eternal in every moment and not just at the end.