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    • CommentAuthorPatrice
    • CommentTimeJan 2nd 2008 edited
     
    DEAREST MOM,

    You are not forgotten loved one
    Nor will you ever be,
    As long as life and memory last
    We will remember thee

    This is a journey
    We must all take,
    And each must go alone,
    It's all part of the Master's plan,
    A step on the road to home.

    You are away, yet ever near.
    Your presence fills each day.
    Your voice, your smile
    Are everywhere,
    A memory away

    Now you are gone,
    But in our hearts,
    You are~ and will always be
    A part, of everything we do
    Or say.

    You left us many memories,
    Your love is still our guide;
    And though we can not see you,
    You are always at our side.

    Love Eternal,
    Patti & Linda
    • CommentAuthorPatrice
    • CommentTimeJan 2nd 2008
     
    For My Beloved Wife

    Thank you, Father, for giving us as much time together as we had. Spare me now from further pain or self pity. I accept the fact that I have no right to expect that I can be so highly privileged as to never taste sorrow in my lifetime. This is my time to experience cross, and I do so bravely. I remember with joy and gratitude our wedding day. You made no promise to us then, guaranteeing a fixed number of years together. And I will not think about what we could have had, but only thank you for the years we had together.

    I will look now at what I have left, not at what I have lost. I weigh the fruit of our love and marriage in terms of years happily spent and joys that live on in happy memories.

    I thank you Father, that our marriage terminated, not in bitter grief, but in sweet sorrow. There was no ignoble scene of angry partings, only the honored call of God who had glorified our marriage with the call of eternity.

    "Well done, good and faithful servant.
    Enter into the joy of your Lord."

    My tears are tears of love and gratitude. I thank you that our love for each other is still alive this moment.

    I sense that I am surrounded by an invisible presence and power of an indescribable love. It is the comfort of your Holy Spirit. I praise you, my God and my Father, for your goodness and mercy.

    I have tasted grief, but I will not have wasted this grief. It shall make me a softer, gentler soul.

    In Jesus' name, Amen.


    (taken from a collection of prayer by Robert Schuller)
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    Ruby,
    You treated me like a son. Never criticized or mocked me. For that, I am grateful.
    You went through all your trials and tribulations, with a twinkle in your eye. For that I am thankful.
    You left us with a fight and a gentle sigh. For that, you are now peaceful.
    Enjoy your next adventure.
    Your son-in-law,
    Norman