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Blueskies

What God Hath Promised

God hath not promised skies always blue,

flower-strewn pathways all our lives through.

God hath not promised sun without rain,

joy without sorrow, peace without pain.

But God hath promised strength for the day,

rest for the labor, light for the way,

grace for the trials, Help from above.

unfailing sympathy Undying love…

Do Not Grieve

When I must leave you for a little while, please do not grieve and shed wild tears. 

And hug your sorrow to you through the years.  But start out bravely with a gallant smile;

and for my sake and in my name, live on and do all things the same; feed not your loneliness on

empty days, but fill each waking hour in useful ways, reach out your hand in comfort

and in cheer and I in turn will comfort you and hold you near; and never,

never be afraid to die.  For I am waiting for you in the sky!

Do Not Stand

Do not stand at my grave and weep

I am not there, I do not sleep

I am a thousand winds that blow

I am the diamond’s gift of snow

I am the sunlight on ripened grain

I am the autumn’s gentle rain

When you awaken in the morning’s hush

I am the swift uplifting rush

Of quiet birds in circled flight

I am the soft stars that shine at night

Do not stand at my grave and cry

I am not there.  I did not die.

Footprints  

One night I dreamed I was walking along a beach with the LORD.

Scenes from my life flashed across the sky.

In each I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand. One belonging to me

and the other to the LORD. When the final scene of my life flashed

before me, I looked back and noticed that at the hardest and saddest times

of my life there was only one set of footprints.

Bothered by this, I said, "LORD, you said that once I decided to follow you,

you'd walk with me always. Why when I needed you the most would you leave me?"

The LORD replied, "My precious child, I love you and I would never leave you.

During the times of trial and suffering, when you see only one set of footprints,

it was then that I carried you."

God Hath Not Promised

God hath not promised skies always blue,

flower-strewn pathways all our lives through.

God hath not promised sun without rain,

joy without sorrow, peace without pain.

But God hath promised strength for the day,

rest for the labor, light for the way, grace for the trials,

Help from above. unfailing sympathy, Undying love…

God Saw you Getting Tired

God saw you getting tired; a cure was not to be.

So He put His arms around you and whispered, "Come to Me."

With tearful eyes we watched you pass away and though

we loved you dearly, we could not make you stay.  

A golden heart stopped beating.  Hard-working hands at rest. 

God broke our hearts to prove to us, He only takes the best.

I’m Free

Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free.
I’m following the path God laid for me.
I took His hand when I heard Him call.
I 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 the day.
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.

Irish Blessing

May the road rise to meet you.

May the wind be always at your back.

May the sun shine warm upon your face,

The rains fall soft upon your fields

and, until we meet again,

may God hold you

in the palm of his hand.

John 11:25-26

"I am the resurrection and the Life;

He who believes in me, though he die,

yet shall he live, and whosoever lives

and believes in Me shall never die."

John 14:1-3, 27


LET NOT your heart be troubled; ye believe in God, believe also in me.

In my Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so,

I would have told you.  I go to prepare a place for you.  And if

I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you

unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

PEACE I leave with you, my peace I give unto you; not as the

world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

                                                                                                                        -- John 14: 1-3, 27

Loved

It’s difficult when someone

Who is loved cannot be there,

But memories that are made and shared

will keep a loved one near.

And God, with loving wisdom,

Will be there to guide us through;

He’ll help us meet tomorrow

And He’ll give us strength anew

Psalm 23


The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

He makes me lie down in green pastures.

He leads me beside the still waters.

He restores my soul. He leads me in paths

 of righteousness for his name’s sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of

the shadow of death, I will fear no evil.

For you are with me. Your rod and your staff

they comfort me. You prepare a table

before me in the presence of my enemies.

You annoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life

and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

Psalm 121

I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. 

My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.

He will not suffer thy foot to be moved; He that keepeth thee will not slumber. 

Behold, He that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.  

The Lord is thy Keeper: the Lord is thy shade upon the right hand. 

The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night. 

The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil; He shall preserve thy soul. 

The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in

from this time, and even for evermore.

Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi


"Lord make me an instrument of Thy peace;

where there is hatred, let me sow love;

where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair,

hope; where there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness, joy"

"O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to

be consoled, as to console; to be understood, as to understand;

to be loved, as to love; for it is in giving that we receive,

and it is in pardoning, that we are pardoned and

it is in dying, that we are born to eternal life."                                

St. Francis of Assisi

Romans 14 7-8

None of us lives to himself, and  none of us dies to himself.

 If we live to the Lord and  if we die to the Lord: so then

whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s.

(Romans 14:7-8)

Safely Home
I am in Heaven, dear ones;
Oh, so happy and so bright!
There is perfect joy and beauty
In this everlasting light.
All the pain and grief is over,
every restless tossing passed;
I am now at peace forever,
safely home in heaven at last.

Serenity Prayer 

God grant me the serenity

 to accept the things

I cannot change....

Courage to change the things

I can and wisdom to

 know the difference.

Amen.

The Broken Chain

We little knew that morning that
God was going to call your name.
In life we loved you dearly.
In death we do the same.
It broke our hearts to lose you.
You did not go alone,
For part of us went with you
The day God called you home.
You left us peaceful memories.
Your love is still our guide.
And though we cannot see you,
You are always at our side.
Our family chain is broken
And nothing seems the same,
But as God calls us one by one,
The Chain will link again.

The Hand Of God

Though today, you walk in sorrow you will not be alone. 

There is One whose loving wisdom is far greater than our own. 

Put your trusting hand in His as a little child would do and

He like a loving father will guide and comfort you!

Day by day, there will come to you new faith, new hope, new light. 

You’ll find that stars unseen by day shine through the darkest night,

and though your heart is longing for the dear one who’s at rest,

you’ll know before the journey’s end that God’s dear ways are best!

Author - Jessie Home Fairweather

Touched (him-her)

God’s finger touched him

and he slipped away

From earth’s dark shadows

to a brighter day;

God saw the road was getting rough,

The hills were hard to climb;

He gently closed his weary eyes,

And whispered, “Peace be thine.”

To a beautiful garden

this friend has gone,

To a land of perfect rest;

Though he is gone he still lives on

In the garden of memory.

Where There Is……

Where there is Faith;

there is Love.

Where there is Love;

there is Peace.

Where there is Peace;

there is God

Where there is God;

there is no Need. 

A Beautiful Life

A beautiful life has come to an end;

she/he died as she/he lived, everyone’s friend.

In our hearts your memory will always be kept;

someone we loved who we will never forget.

After Glow

 I’d like the memory of me to be a happy one,

I’d like to leave an afterglow of smiles when life is done.

I’d like to leave an echo whispering softly down the ways,

of happy times and laughing times and bright and sunny days.

I’d like the tears of those who grieve, to dry before the sun.

Of happy memories that I leave when life is done.

A Mother’s Love

A mother’s love is something no one can explain;

made of deep devotion, sacrifice and pain.

Endless, unselfish, patient and forgiving.

Believing beyond belief; glowing with beauty like a rare gem.

A many splendored miracle man cannot understand;

another wondrous evidence of God’s tender guiding hand.

Do Not Stand At My Grave and Weep
Do not stand at my grave and weep; I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow;the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain and the gentle autumn rain.
I am the quiet birds in circled flight;the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry.
I am not there; I did not die.
 

Fill Not Your Hearts

Fill not your hearts with sorrow;

remember me in every tomorrow.

Although my leaving causes you

pain and grief, my death has

eased my hurt and given me relief.

So dry your eyes and remember me,

not as I am now, but as I used to be.

As long as I have the love of each of

you, I can live in the hearts of all of you.

Grief and Pain by C.S. Lewis

Grief and pain are the price

 we humans have to pay

for the love and total commitment

 we have for another person.

The more we love, the more we hurt

when we lose the object of our love.

But, if we are honest with ourselves,

would we have it any other way? 

Love and Go On

You can shed tears he is gone,

or smile because he lived.

Close your eyes, pray he'll come;

open your eyes and see all he's left.

You can remember him and only

that he's gone, or you can cherish

his memory and let him live on.

Or, you can do what he'd want: Smile,

open your eyes, love and go on.

LOVE LIVES ON

Those we love remain

with us for love itself lives on,

and cherished memories never

fade because a loved one's gone…

Those we love can never be

more than a thought apart,

for as long as there is memory,

they'll live on in the heart.

 

Miss Me-But Let Me Go

When I come to the end of the road 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 we all must take, and each must go alone. 

It’s all a part of the Master’s Plan, a step on the road to home. 

When you are lonely and sick of heart, Go to the friends

we know and bury your sorrows in doing good deeds. 

Miss me – but let me go.

 

Mom

We’ll always Remember

That special smile that caring heart.

That warm embrace you always gave us.

You being there for dad and us,

through good and bad times no matter what.

We’ll always remember you mom because

there’ll never be anyone to replace you in our hearts.

And the love we will always have for you.

 

Mother's Touch

“The Magic of a Mother’s Touch”

There’s magic in a Mother’s touch, and sunshine in her smile. 

There’s love in everything she does to make our lives worthwhile.

We can find both hope and courage just by looking in her eyes. 

Her laughter is a source of joy, her words are warm and wise. 

There is a kindness and compassion to be found in her embrace,

and we see the light of heaven shining from a Mother’s face.

 

Music

Music has moments of rapturous sound and intervals of rest.

It thrills the heart with its majesty and soothes it when suppressed.

Life too has ringing, throbbing tones and muted, silent keys.

Yet both are merged at the Master’s touch into living symphonies.

Author -  Florence Emeline Wright

You are not forgotten

You are not forgotten loved one;

nor will you ever be. As long as life

and memory last, we will remember thee.

We miss you now; our hearts are sore.

As time goes by, we miss you more,

Your loving smile, your gentle face;

no one can fill your vacant place.

You Will Walk With Us Forever

Our lives go on without you; nothing

is the same. We hide our heartache

when someone speaks your name.

Sad are the hearts that love you,

silent the tears that fall;

living our lives without you

will be the hardest part of all.

The special years will not return

when we were all together;

with everlasting love in our hearts,

you will walk with us forever.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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