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“Terminus” – By Ralph Waldo Emerson

October 20, 2012

As the bird trims her to the gale,
I trim myself to the storm of time,
I man the rudder, reef the sail,
Obey the voice at eve obeyed at prime:
‘Lowly faithful, banish fear,
Right onward drive unharmed;
The port well worth the cruise, is near,
And every wave is charmed.’

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These last lines from Ralph Waldo Emerson’s 1867 poem “Terminus” were shared as one of our Grandparents’ and Seniors’ Day quotes at our 8:30 Service on October 14. The video embedded below is of the song “Softly and Tenderly,” taken from the beginning and ending of “Trip to Bountiful,” the moving film about a senior’s yearning to go home.)

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Last year’s Grandparents’ and Seniors’ Day postings can be accessed by clicking on the following links:

1. “Grandparents’ Answering Machine”  (https://pastorfergus.wordpress.com/2011/10/04/grandparents-answering-machine/);

2. “A Special Moment at the Zoo”  (https://pastorfergus.wordpress.com/2011/10/04/a-special-moment-at-the-zoo/);

3. “‘Wear Out, Don’t Rust Out’ – By Marilyn Carlson Webber”   (https://pastorfergus.wordpress.com/2011/10/04/wear-out-dont-rust-out-by-marilyn-carlson-webber-3/);

4. “Speeding Senior”  (https://pastorfergus.wordpress.com/2011/10/04/speeding-senior-2/);

5. ‘How are You?’ – By Joseph Leroy Dodds  (https://pastorfergus.wordpress.com/2011/10/04/how-are-you/);

6. “A Reflection on Becoming Real from The Velveteen Rabbit (https://pastorfergus.wordpress.com/2011/10/04/what-is-real-from-the-velveteen-rabbit/); and

7. “Thanksgiving for Grandparents and Seniors”  (https://pastorfergus.wordpress.com/2011/10/04/thanksgiving-for-grandparents-and-seniors/).

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