For the bereaved

 

 

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If I should die and leave you here awhile,

be not like others sore, undone who keep

long vigils by the silent dust and weep.

For my sake turn again to life and smile,

nerving thy heart and trembling hand to do,

something to comfort other hearts than thine.

Complete these dear unfinished tasks of mine,

and I, perchance may therein comfort you.

 (suggested by a member of our church)

 

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A poem  from our memorial services.

All is well

Death is nothing at all

I have only slipped away into the next room

I am I and you are you

Whatever we were to each other

That we are still

Call me by my old familiar name

Speak to me in the easy way you always used

Put no difference into your tone

Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow

Laugh as we always laughed

At the little jokes we always enjoyed together

Play, smile, think of me, pray for me

Let my name be ever the household word that it always was

Let it be spoken without effort

Without the ghost of a shadow in it

Life means all that it ever meant

It is the same as it ever was

There is absolute unbroken continuity

What is death but a negligible accident?

Why should I be out of mind

Because I am out of sight?

I am waiting for you for an interval

Somewhere very near

Just around the corner

All is well.

Nothing is past; nothing is lost

One brief moment and all will be as it was before 

How we shall laugh at the trouble of parting when we meet again!

 (suggested by a member of our church)

 

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Footsteps in the Sand

One night a man had a dream.
He dreamed he was walking along
the beach with the Lord.

 

Across the dark sky flashed scenes from his life.
For each scene, he noticed
two sets of footprints in the sand,
one beloning to him and the other to the Lord.

When the last scene of his life flashed before him,
he looked back at the footprints in the sand.
He noticed that many times along the path of his life
there was only one set of footprints.
He also noticed that it happened at the
very lowest and saddest times in his life.
This bothered him and he questioned the Lord about it.

“Lord, you said that once I decided to follow you,
you’d walk with me all the way.
But I have noticed that during the most
troublesome times in my life there is
only one set of footprints.
I don’t understand why when I needed you most
you would leave me.”

The Lord replied “My precious, precious child,
I love you and would never leave you.
During your times of trial and suffereing,
when you see only one set of footprints in the sand,
it was then that I carried you.”
 

(suggested by a member of our church)

 

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This page has been written by members of the congregation at St Thomas’

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Posted November 13, 2012 by stthomaschurchkirkby