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The Lord is My Shepherd; I shall notwant. He maketh me to lie down in greenpastures; He leadeth me beside the stillwaters. He restoreth my soul. He leadethme in the path of righteousness for Hisname’s sake. Yea, though I walk throughthe valley of the shadow of death, I willfear no evil; for Thou art with me; Thyrod and Thy staff they comfort me. Thoupreparest a table before me in thepresence of mine enemies.Thouanointest my head with oil; my cuprunneth over. Surely goodness andmercy shall follow me all the days of mylife; and I will dwell in the house of theLord forever.# P1Psalm 23I’m sorry I had to leave you.My loved ones, oh so dear.But you see, the Master called me,His voice was very clear!I had made my reservationA heaven bound ticket for one,And I knew that He would call meWhen He felt my work was done.I know that your hearts are heavyBecause I have gone away,But when the Master called me,I knew that I could not stay.Yes, I’m sorry I had to leave youMy loved ones, oh so dear,But, you see, the Master called meAnd, now I’m resting here.Yes, I’ve crossed on over to gloryAnd to you all I sayJust stay in the hands of JesusAnd we’ll meet again someday.Our Father which art inheaven, Hallowed be thyname. Thy kingdom come.Thy will be done in earth, as itis in heaven. Give us this dayour daily bread. And forgiveus our debts, as we forgiveour debtors. And lead us notinto temptation, but deliver usfrom evil: For Thine is thekingdom, and the power, andthe glory, for ever. Amen.I’d like the memory of meTo be a happy one,I’d like to leave an afterglowOf smiles when day is done.I’d like to leave an echoWhispering softly down the ways,Of happy times and laughing timesAnd bright and sunny days.I’d like the tears of those who grieveTo dry before the sunOf happy memories that I leave behind,When the day is done.-Helen Lowrie Marshall# P2The Lord’s Prayer# P3AfterglowWhen I come to the end of theroad and the sun has set for me,I want no rites in a gloom filled room,Why cry for a soul set free?Miss me a little-but not too long,and not with your head bowed low.Remember the love that we once shared,Miss me-but let me go.For this is a journey that we all must take,And each must go alone.It’s all part of the Master’s plan,A step on the road to home.When you are lonely and sick at heart,Go to the friends we know.Laugh at the things we use to doMiss me-but let me go.Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m freeI’m following the path God laid for meI took his hand when I heard Him callI turned my back and left it all.I could not stay another day.To laugh, to love, to work or play.Tasks left undone must stay that way,I found that peace at the close of day.If my parting has left a void,Then fill it up with remembered joy.A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss,Oh, yes these things I too will miss.Be not burdened with times of sorrow,I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.My life’s been full, I savored much.Good friends, good times, a loved one’s touch.Perhaps my time seemed all too brief,Don’t lengthen it now with undue grief.Lift up your heart and share with me,God wanted me now, He set me free!-author unknown-author unknown-Author unknown# P4The Master Called# P5Miss Me, But Let Me GoGOD, grant me the Serenityto accept the things I cannot change,Courage to change the things I can, and theWisdom to know the difference.Living one day at a time;Enjoying one moment at a time;Accepting hardship as the pathway to peace.Taking, as He did, this sinful world as it is,not as I would have it. Trusting that He willmake all things right if I surrender to His Will;That I may be reasonably happy in this life, andsupremely happy with Him forever in the next.Amen-Author unknown“Be not afraid” the Master said,“I’m with you always,” so insteadOf shouldering my cross alone,I place my burden on His own.For I’m not nearly strong enough,To make it when the going’s rough,And it’s a comfort to believe“You need but ask Me to receive”Handed down to me through time,These blessed words of hope,and I’m Renewed in spirit to recall“Am I not Father to you all?”One day these feet shall cease to roam,Earth’s but my temporary homeI was in truth for Heaven made,And so I shall not be afraid.# P6I’m FreeWhen I must leave you for a little whilePlease do not grieve and shed wild tearsAnd hug your sorrow to you through the yearsBut start out bravely with a gallant smileAnd for my sake and in my nameLive on and do all things the sameFeed not your loneliness on empty daysBut fill each waking hour in useful waysReach out your hand in comfort and in cheerAnd I in turn will comfort youAnd hold you nearAnd never, never be afraid to dieFor I am waiting for you in the sky!-Helen Steiner Rice-Author unknown# P7Serenity Prayer#P8Be Not Afraid# P9When I Must Leave You

As you complete this temporary journeyyou have embraced our heartsYes we mourn but realize this is where your lifetruly starts your smile sparkled greaterthan silver and gold We’re willing to let go ofyour hand so that God can grab hold . We willalways love you as you have continued to love usall we ask now is that you look down while youare above us we are grateful that God put us inthe midst of your presence we breathe with yourmemory and walk with your essence. The Lord isour Shepherd He tends to us as sheep and mendsthe hearts that are weak until one day we canshake his hand and sit at his feet we don’t think ofyou as a loss to our family that remains Wecherish you as a beautiful angel that heaven hasgained!You can shed tears that he is gone,Or you can smile because he lived,You can close your eyes and pray that he willcome back, Or you can open your eyes andsee all that he has left. Your heart can beempty because you can’t see him Or you canbe full of the love that you shared, You canturn your back on tomorrow and liveyesterday, Or you can be happy for tomorrowbecause of yesterday. You can remember himand only that he is gone or you can cherishhis memory and let it live on, You can cry andclose your mind be empty and turn your back,Or you can do what he would want: smile,open your eyes, love and go on.I’ve closed my eyes and fallen asleep,So there’s no reason for you to weep;This is a debt we all must pay,You will see me again someday.I’ve endured pain and sometimes sorrow,Now I don’t have to worry about tomorrow.But life for you must go on,You must not worry because I’m gone.You stood beside me all the way,When I was down, you knew what to say .You always told me, “get some rest,”Let me sleep now, I’ve done my best.So please let me rest in peace,The tears you’re shedding soon will cease.You’ll soon realize this was meant to be, Ithank God because He came for me.-Emily Dickinson-Author unknown-Author unknown# P10Heaven Has Gained An AngelDeath is nothing at all - I have only slippedaway into the next room. Whatever we were toeach other, that we are still. Call me by my oldfamiliar name, speak to me in the easy waywhich you always used. Laugh as we alwayslaughed at the little jokes we enjoyed together.Play, smile, think of me, pray for me. Let myname be the household word it always was. Letit be spoken without effort. Life means all thatit ever meant. It is the same as it ever was:there is absolutely unbroken continuity. Whyshould I be out of your mind because I am outof your sight? I am but waiting for you, for aninterval, somewhere very near, just around thecorner. All is well. Nothing is past: nothing islost. One brief moment and all will be as before— only better, infinitely happier and forever wewill all be one together with Christ.# P12Asleep# P11He Is GoneTo those I love and those that love me,When I am gone, release me, let me goI have so many things to see and doYou mustn’t tie yourself to me with tearsBe happy that we had so many years.I gave you my love, you can only guessHow much you gave me in happinessI thank you for the love you each have shownBut now it’s time I travel aloneSo grieve for a while for me if you mustThen let your grief be comforted by trust.It’s only for a while that we must partSo bless the memories within your heartI won’t be far away, for life goes onSo if you need me, call and I will comeThough you can’t see me or touch me, I’ll be nearAnd if you listen with your heart you’ll hearAll my love around you so soft and clearAnd then, when you must come this way aloneI’ll greet you with a smile and say,“Welcome Home.”-Author unknown-Author unknown-Author unknown# P15Don’t# P13Togetherness# P14To Those I LoveGod saw she was getting tiredAnd a cure was not to beSo He gently closed those loving eyesAnd whispered “Come to me”The days of toil and nights of painThe weary hours have passedThe patient gentle worn out frameHas found sweet rest at last.Day and night we stood by herAnd saw her in pain,Anxiously awaiting her cureBut our waiting was in vain.God who knoweth all things bestEased her suffering, gave her restShe is gone but not forgotten,Never will our memories fadeSweetest thoughts of her will ever lingerRound the place where she rests.One night a man had a dream. He dreamed he waswalking along the beach with the LORD. Across thesky flashed scenes from his life. For each scene, henoticed two sets of footprints in the sand; one belongedto him, and the other to the LORD. When the last sceneof his life flashed before him, he looked back at thefootprints in the sand. He noticed that many timesalong the path of his life there was only one set offootprints. He also noticed that it happened at the verylowest and saddest times in his life. This reallybothered 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 thatduring the most troublesome times in my life, there isonly one set of footprints. I don't understand why whenI needed you most you would leave”. The LORDreplied, "My precious, precious child, I love you and Iwould never leave you. During your times of trial andsuffering, when you see only one set of footprints, itwas then that I carried you”.-Author unknown# P16Come to meDon’t spend too much time in mourning,Tears are for the sad;I left to be with JesusAnd this should make you glad.Don’t waste your hours in grieving,No need to feel distress;I’m tired of life’s frustrationsAnd had to get some rest.Don’t puzzle yourself with questionsOr try to reason whyLife here for me was ended,It came my time to die.Don’t lose the love I gave youFeed it with your care;Grow it with devotionAnd spread it everywhere.Don’t fret because my leavingCame in such a way;We’ll have another meetingIn God’s eternal day.# P17Footprints-Mary StevensonWe strain every nerve, We strive for the prizeOf our calling in Christ, A home in the skies.The battles all fought the victory wonWe have the reward “Good servant well done.”Come enter thy home these mansions aboveRest in Heaven of infinite loveFrom sorrow and sin forever releasedCome sit with the guest at the Heavenly feastAll stains washed away in robes of pure whiteWe bask in His rays we shine in His lightThe crowns of rejoicing we ever more wearThe glory of Christ eternally shared.Make me “O” father more grateful for lifeMore willing to bear the turmoil and strifeMore anxious to serve more like him to beWho gave his own life for answer, for meThat bearing Christ image here below.My word done in him his glory may showFill the summer hear in accents of loveDaughter come higher and serve me aboveWhat glories await the spirit set freeFrom fetters of earth untrammeled to beThe work begins here is continued aboveAnd all that’s left in life is service and love.# P18 -Author unknownThe Mansions Above

I know not what the year will bring,But this I know, my heart will sing;For He who gives the gift of years haspower to still my doubts and fears.And if the way be dark or fair, I shallnot doubt God answers prayer.Though I may walk the depths, of night,His lamp of Truth shall give me light.To me there is no foreign land, Forwith me is His guiding hand.And God, Who heeds the sparrow’sfall, will always answer when I call.I shall go forward, upright, free; ForHe will walk the way with me.I leave this year with God alone, ForHe is mindful of His own.To say goodbye is not the endTo all my family and friendsFor life goes on, you must endureFor my eternity is sure.Remember all the good timesThe memories we’ve sharedThe precious jewels of laughterThe tender love and care.I found my resting placeGod’s peace surrounds my soulLet love abound in all your heartsLet heaven be your goal.-Author unknownFor every pain that we must bearFor every burden, every careThere is a reason.For every grief that bows the headFor every tear drop that is shedThere is a reason.For every hurt, for every plightFor every lonely, pain-racked night,There is a reason.But if we trust God, as we shouldIt will all turn out for our goodHe knows the reason.-Author unknown-Author unknown# P19He is Mindful Of His OwnI’ve parted this life my loved one,But worry not for I am not gone,I am merely resting.Don’t cry or mournFor God is with you and in your hearts.Carry on.We will miss each other,But remember God is with us all.Be strong my loved one,For I am not gone,but merely resting.# P21There’s A Reason# P20To Say GoodbyeI needed the quiet so He drew me aside,Into the shadows where we could confide.Away from the bustle where all the day longI hurried and worried when active and strong.I needed the quiet tho’ at first I rebelledBut gently, so gently, my cross He upheld.And whispered so sweetly of spiritual thingsTho’ weakened in body, my spirit took wingsTo heights never dreamed of when active and gay.He loved me so greatly, He drew me away.I needed the quiet. No prison, my bed,But a beautiful valley of blessings instead A place to grow richer in Jesus to hide.I needed the quiet, so He drew me aside.-Author unknown-Alice H. Mortenson-Author unknown# P22# P23I Am RestingI Needed The QuietLonely is the home without you,Life to us is not the same;All the world woul