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,
 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.



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.



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


  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.



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."



The Master walked in His garden
Plucking flowers along the way;
He plucked one of my loved ones,
To add to his bouquet.

My heart at first was broken,
At the loss of one so dear;
But the tears I shed just washed my eyes,
So I saw His way more clear.

My Lord has a need for just this one,
For the pattern He has in mind;
But it's hard for the rest of us to see
Why we must be left behind.

Perhaps we are not ready to go just yet
We may need to ripen more
To reach the full blown fragrance
My Lord is waiting for.

To each, give forth a fragrance
To each we chance to meet
We should each be trying day by day
To make our fragrance sweet.

So I'm going to try my very best
To be loving and kind each day,
So at last I'll be counted worthy
To be part of my Master's Bouquet..



Some day all doubt and mystery
Will be made clear;
The threatened clouds which now we see
Will disappear.

Some day what seems a punishment,
Or loss, or pain,
Will prove to be God’s blessing sent
For every gain.

Some day our weary feet will rest
In sweet content,
And we will know we were blessed
By what was sent.

And looking back with clearer eyes
O’er life’s short span,
Will see with wondering, glad surprise,
God’s perfect plan.

And knowing that the way we went
Was God’s own way,
Will understand His wise intent,
Some day – some day.

- Louis Palmer



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



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


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


There is never a life without sadness,
There is never a heart free from pain;
If one seeks in this world for true solace,
He seeks it forever in vain.

So when to your heart comes the sorrow,
Of losing some dear one you’ve known;
Tis the touch of God’s sickle at harvest
Since He reaps in the fields
He has sown.

VERSE # 12


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.

VERSE # 13

There will be a great encampment
In the land of clouds today.
A mingling and a merging
Of our boys who’ve gone away.

Through on earth they are disbanding,
They are very close and near,
For these brave and honored heroes
Show no sorrow, shed no tear.

They have lived a life of glory,
History pins their medals high,
Listen to the thunder rolling,
They are marching in the sky!

              -Arta Nottingham Chappius

VERSE # 14


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 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


At the time of Crucifixion the dogwood had been the size of the oak
and other forest trees.
So firm and strong was the tree
that it was chosen as the timber for the cross.

To be used thus for such a cruel purpose,
caused the tree great distress and grief.
Jesus observed this and in His gentle pity for all sorrow and suffering,
made the tree this promise.

“Never again shall the dogwood grow large enough to be used as a cross. 
Henceforth it shall be slender, bent and twisted.
Its blossoms shall be in the form of a cross with the print of the nails in each petal.
In the center of the flower will be a crown of thorns,
and all who see it will remember
that it was upon a dogwood tree I was crucified. 
Therefore this tree shall not be destroyed,
but cherished as a reminder of my death upon the cross.”

VERSE # 17


Lord Make me an instrument of your peace.
Where is hatred, let me sow love;
where is injury, pardon;
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;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

VERSE # 18


Eternal Father, strong to save,
Whose arm hath bound the restless wave,
Who biddest the mighty ocean deep
Its own appointed limits keep;
Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee,
For those in peril on the sea!

Most Holy Spirit! Who didst brood
Upon the chaos dark and rude,
And bid its angry tumult cease,
And give, for wild confusion, peace;
Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee,
For those in peril on the sea!

Alternate Verses

Lord, guard and guide the men who fly
Through the great spaces in the sky.
Be with them always in the air,
In darkening storms or sunlight fair;
Oh, hear us when we lift our prayer,
For those in peril in the air!

Aloft in solitudes of space,
Uphold them with Thy saving grace.
Thou Who supports with tender might
The balanced birds in all their flight.
Lord, if the tempered winds be near,
That, having Thee, they know no fear.
(Mary C. D. Hamilton)

Eternal Father, Lord of hosts,
Watch o’er the men who guard our coasts.
Protect them from the raging seas
And give them light and life and peace.
Grant them from Thy great throne above
The shield and shelter of Thy love.
(George H. Jenks, Jr.)

VERSE # 19


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
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,
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


My prayers have all been answered.
I have finally arrived.
The healing long delayed
Has now been realized.

No one’s in a hurry.
There’s no schedule here to keep.
We’re all enjoying Jesus.
Just sitting at His feet.

If you could see me now,
I’m walking streets of gold!
 If you could see me now,
 I’m standing tall and whole!

If you could see me now,
You’d know I’ve seen His face!
If you could see me now,
You’d know the pain’s erased!

And you wouldn’t want me ever
To leave this glorious place,
              If you could see me now!          

My trials, light and fleeting.
He molded for my good
And measured what I needed.
Though I misunderstood.

How sweet the glory brought Him
Through my sorrow, through my pain.
As my soul was shaped for heaven
By my earthly wind and rain.

You wouldn’t want me ever
To leave this perfect place;
If you could see me now,
In the sunlight of his face!



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.



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



Feel no guilt in laughter, he'd know how much you care.
Feel no sorrow in a smile that he is not here to share.
You cannot grieve forever; he would not want you to.
He'd hope that you could carry on the way you always do.

So, talk about the good times and the way you showed you cared,
The days you spent together, all the happiness you shared.
Let memories surround you, a word someone may say
Will suddenly recapture a time, an hour, a day,

That brings him back as clearly as though he were still here,
And fills you with the feeling that he is always near.
For if you keep those moments, you will never be apart
And he will live forever locked safely within your heart.