VERSE # 1

PSALM 23

The Lord is my Shepherd
I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:
He leadeth me beside the still waters.

He restoreth my soul: He leadeth me in the
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 Thou art with me;
Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me.

Thou preparest a table before me
in the presence of mine enemies:
Thou anointest my head with oil;
my cup runneth over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life:
and I 
will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.


VERSE # 2

FOR EVERY BURDEN

For every burden that we bear,
For every sorrow, every care,
There’s a reason

For every grief that bows the head,
For every tear-drop that is shed,
There’s a reason

For every hurt, for every plight,
For every lonely painracked night,
There’s a reason

But if we trust in God as we should,
All must work out for our good,
He knows the reason.


VERSE # 3

NOW THE LABOURER'S TASK IS O'ER

Now the laborer’s task is o’er;
Now the battle day is past;
Now upon the farther shore
Lands the voyager at last.

Father, in thy gracious keeping,
Leave me now thy servant sleeping.

“Earth to earth and dust to dust,”
Calmly now the words we say,
Left behind, we wait in trust
For the resurrection day.

Father, in thy gracious keeping,
Leave me now thy servant sleeping.

-John Ellerton,  1870



VERSE # 4

  PSALM 121

I will lift up mine eyes unto the hill,
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,
the lord is thy shade upon thy 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 forth,
and even for evermore.


VERSE # 5

FOOTPRINTS IN THE SAND

One night I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord.
Many scenes from my life flashed across the sky. 
In each scene I noticed footprints in the sand.
Sometimes there were two sets of footprints.
Other times there were one set of footprints.
This bothered me because I noticed that during the low periods of my life 
When I was suffering from anguish, sorrow, or defeat, 
I could see only one set of footprints. 
So I said to the Lord, "You promised me, Lord,
That if I followed you, you would walk with me always.
But I noticed that during the most trying periods of my life 
There have only been one set of prints in the sand. 
Why, When I have needed you most, you have not been there for me?"
The Lord replied,
"The times when you have seen only one set of footprints 
Is when I carried you."



VERSE # 6

IF ROSES GROW IN HEAVEN

If roses grow in Heaven
Lord, please pick a bunch for me.
Place them in my Mother's arms
and tell her they're from me.

Tell her that I love her and miss her,
and when she turns to smile,
place a kiss upon her cheek
and hold her for awhile.

Because remembering her is easy,
I do it every day,
but there's an ache within my heart
that will never go away.



VERSE # 7

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.


VERSE # 8

CROSSING THE BAR

Sunset and evening star
     and one clear call for me!
And may there be no moaning of the bar,
when I put out to sea.

But such a tide as moving seems asleep,
too full for sound and foam,
When that which drew from out the boundless deep
turns home again.

Twilight and evening bell,
and after that the dark!
And may there be no sadness of farewell,
when I embark;

For  tho’ from out our bourne of time and place 
the flood may bear me far,
I hope to see my pilot face to face
       when I have crossed the bar.

- Alfred Tennyson


VERSE # 9

GOD CALLED YOU HOME

God looked around his garden,
and He found an empty place.
He then looked down upon this earth
and saw your tired face.

He put his arms around you
and lifted you to rest;
God’s garden must be beautiful
He always takes the best.

He knew that you were suffering,
He knew you were in pain,
He knew that you would never
Get well on earth again.

He saw that the road was getting rough
and the hills are hard to climb.
So he closed your weary eyelids
and whispered “peace be thine.”

It broke our hearts to lose you,
but you didn’t go alone.
For part of us went with you
the day God called you home.



VERSE # 10

AND THE SUN HAS SET FOR ME

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 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 apart 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....


VERSE # 11

Those we love don't go away,

They walk beside us every day,

Unseen, unheard,

but always near,

Still loved, still missed

and very dear.


VERSE # 12

Your life was a blessing

your memory a treasure...

You are loved beyond words

and missed

beyond measure...


VERSE # 13
                        
 
REMEMBER

Fill not your hearts with pain and sorrow,

but remember me in every tomorrow.

Remember the joy, the laughter, the smiles,

I've only gone to rest a little while.

Although my leaving causes pain and grief,

my going 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.

Because, I will remember you all

And look on with a smile.

Understand, in your hearts,

I've only gone to rest a little while.

As long as I have the love of each of you,

I can live my life in the hearts of all of you.


VERSE # 14

SAFELY HOME

I am home 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.

There is work still waiting for you,
So you must not idly stand;
Do it now, while life remaineth-
You shall rest in God’s own land.

When that work is all completed,
He will gently call you home;
Oh, the rapture of that meeting,
Oh, the joy to see you come!



VERSE # 15

WHEN I MUST LEAVE YOU

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!



VERSE # 16

HER JOURNEY HAS JUST BEGUN

Don't think of her as gone away,

her journey's just begun;

Life holds so many facets,

this earth is only one. 

Just think of her as resting from

the sorrows and the tears

In a place of warmth & comfort

where there are no days and years.

Think of how she must be wishing

that we could know today

How nothing but our sadness

can really pass away.

And think of her as living in

the hearts of those she touched...

For nothing loved is ever lost...

and she was loved so much.

 

                                   - Ellen Brenneman



VERSE # 17

MEMORY OF ME

I'd like the memory of me,

to be a happy one.

I'd like to leave an afterglow,

of smiles when the day is done.

I'd like to leave an echo,

whispering softly down the ways.

Of happy times, and laughing times,

and bright sunny days. 

I'd like the tears of those who grieve,

to dry before the sun.

Of happy memories I leave behind,

when the day is done.



VERSE # 18

    THE CHAIN 

We knew little that morning,
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 beautiful memories,
your love is still our guide.
And though we cannot see you,
you are always by our side.
Our family chain is broken,
and nothing seems to be the same.
But as God calls us one by one,
the chain will link again.


VERSE # 19

GOD’S SPECIAL ANGEL

God needed a special angel
One loving, good, and kind.
And so he chose our mother,
And left us behind.

The tears we shed were many,
Our hearts were filled with pain.
But our loss upon this earth,
Was surely Heaven’s gain.

And though her heart no longer beats,
Her memory lives within.
Time can never erase the love,
For our mother and best friend.




VERSE # 20

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.
I am the diamond glint on snow.

I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the sweet uplifting rain.

And when you wake in the morning’s hush,
I am the sweet 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.


VERSE # 21

      GOD LOOKED AROUND HIS GARDEN

God looked around his garden,
and He found an empty place.
He then looked down upon this
earth and saw your tired face.

He put his arms around you
and lifted you to rest;
God’s garden must be beautiful
He always takes the best.

He knew that you were suffering
He knew you were in pain,
He knew that you would never
get well on earth again.

He saw that the road was getting rough
and the hills are hard to climb.
So he closed your weary eyelids
and whispered “peace be thine.”

It broke our hearts to lose you
but you didn’t go alone;
for part of us went with you
the day God called you home.


VERSE # 22

THE POEM 

You can shed tears that she is gone, or you

can smile because she has lived.

You can close your eyes and pray that she'll

come back, or you can open your eyes

and see all she's left.

Your heart can be empty because you can't

see her; or you can be full of the love

you shared.

You can turn your back on tomorrow and

live yesterday, or you can be happy for

tomorrow because of yesterday.

You can remember her and only that she's

gone, or you can cherish her memory

and let it live on.

You can cry and close your mind, be empty

and turn your back, or you can do what

she'd want, smile, open your eyes, love

And go on.


VERSE 23

HE ONLY TAKES THE BEST

God saw you getting tired,
And a cure was not to be.
So he put his arms around you,
And whispered, “Come to Me.”

With tearful eyes we watched you,
And saw you pass away.
Although we loved you dearly,
We could not make you stay.

A golden heart stopped beating,
Hard working hands put to rest.
God broke our hearts
To prove to us,
He only takes the best.


VERSE 24

A LIGHT ON IN THE WINDOW

There’s a light on in the window
Just to let you know I’m here.
So, wherever you are going--
Remember, I’m still near.

Feel secure and safe in knowing
That my love will never change,
Regardless of appearances--
My love remains the same.

There is nowhere you could travel
That, for me, is too far away--
I’ll go where you desire
Beside you, I will stay.

I’ll live within your heart forever--
Nothing will ever change this truth--
That I am with you, still.

Yes, there’s a light on in the window
To where my soul can see--
While gazing out, upon you,
You’re looking in, at me.

You see the person I’ve become 
Yet, who I used to be--
You see my light, still shining,
My love -- Eternally.

-Dorothy Womack