Poem Selection


23rd Psalm 

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.

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 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!

- Helen Steiner Rice

Always With You

Your heart may be heavy and aching,
Now that I'm no longer here.
But, though you may shed many tears,
Let memories banish your fear.

My arms are no longer around you.
My lips cannot speak of my love.
But, I'm with you in spirit each day,
As I look down from Heaven above.

The house may be silent without me.
It doesn't mean I can't be there.
And, every night that you sleep,
Our love, in your dreams, we still share.

As you continue, alone on earth,
I'll be with you each step of the way.
I can still be the strength that you need,
To carry you through each new day.

Although, I know you can't see me,
Our spirits are joined as before.
So, whenever you feel uplifted,
Know it's me just loving you more.

In Heaven, we're given a gift
To still tend to the ones left behind.
So, smile when you think of me.
I remain in your heart and your mind.

- Marian Jones

An Eternal Bond

There is a bond that you can't see
for it's not bound with twine.
It's formed from strands within our souls,
this love that's yours and mine.

When I went home to be with God,
you must now understand,
I took with me this bond of love
and I still hold that strand.

So look now at my photograph.
The smile, you'll quickly see.
But only hearts can see the strand
forever binding You and Me.

Enjoy the precious memories
although we are apart.
We'll share more joys again one day.
I believe that with all my heart!

- Ferna Lary Mills

Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep

Do not stand by my grave and weep

I am not there, I do not sleep.

I am a thousand winds that blow,

I am the diamond glints on snow,

I am the sunlight on ripened grain,

I am the gentle autumn 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 by my grave and cry,

I am not there… I did not die.

- Mary Elizabeth Frye

Grandma’s Gone to Heaven

One quiet day the angels came
And took grandma far away
But in the stillness of the night
I could almost hear her say.

“Dear grandchild – I will miss you
You mean so much to me
But Jesus called me to his side
In Heaven I will be.

A place of God’s great beauty
No tears or earthly cares
Only peace & joy forever
And love beyond compare.

So remember all the good times
Don’t think about the sad
Treasure all the special moments
Through the years we’ve always had.

And if you trust in Jesus
I can promise this & more
You will get a hug from grandma
Someday on Heaven’s golden shore.”

- J. Morse
After Glow

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 and sunny days.
I’d like the tears of those who grieve, to
dry before the sun
Of happy memories that I leave behind
when the day is done.

- Unknown
Grandpa’s Gone to Heaven

One quiet day the angels came
And took grandpa far away
But in the stillness of the night
I could almost hear him say.

“Dear grandchild, I will miss you
You mean so much to me
But Jesus called me to His side
In Heaven I will be.

A place of God’s great beauty
No tears or earthly cares
Only peace and joy forever
And love beyond compare.

So remember all the good times
Don’t think about the sad.
Treasure all the special moments
Through the years we’ve always had.

And if you trust in Jesus
I can promise this and more
You will get a hug from grandpa
Someday on Heaven’s golden shore.”

- J. Morse

I am with you Always…


As you hold me close in memory,

Even though we are apart,

My spirit will live on,

There within your heart…

I am with you always.

When you lean on trusted friends

And their caring hugs enfold you,

Within their loving arms,

I’ll be there to hold you…

I am with you always.

And beyond the far horizon

When we’ll finally be together,

Where love will be eternal

And life will last forever…

I am with you always.

- Unknown

Memories of Dad


How well I do remember

Standing at my father’s knee

And all the fun and happy times

As he was raising me.


How well I do remember

The love we always shared

And all the things he said and did

That showed he really cared.


How well I do remember

The day God called him home

Dad slipped into His loving arms

And I felt so alone.


Now my heart will carry memories

Of the love he gave to me

Until we meet again in Heaven

Where the best is yet to be.


- J. Morse

If Tears Could Build a Stairway


If tears could build a stairway,

and memories a lane,

I would walk right up to Heaven

and bring you back again.


No farewell words were spoken,

No time to say “Goodbye”

You were gone before we knew it,

and only God knows why.


My heart still aches with sadness,

and secret tears still flow.

What it meant to love you –

No one can ever know.


But now I know you want me

to mourn for you no more;

To remember all the happy times,

life still has much in store.


Since you’ll never be forgotten,

I pledge to you today –

A hollowed place within my heart

is where you’ll always stay.

- Unknown 

There Comes a Time


There comes a time for all of us

When we must say good-bye,

But faith and hope and love and trust

Can never, never die.

Although the curtain falls at last

Is that a cause to grieve?

The future’s fairer than the past

If only we believe.

Trust in God’s eternal care –

So when the Master calls

Let’s say that life is still more fair

Although the curtain falls.

- Unknown

I’m Free

Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free;

I’m following the path God has laid you see.

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, to play.

Tasks left undone must stay that way;

I found the peace at the close of day.


If my parting has left a void,

Then fill it with remembered joys.

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 to brief;

Don’t lengthen it now with undue grief.

Lift up your hearts and peace to thee;

God wanted me now: He set me free!


- Unknown

The Lord’s Prayer


Our Father, who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy name.

Thy kingdom come,

thy will be done on earth

as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

as we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom, and the power

and the glory, forever.

Amen.

Memories of Mother


How well I do remember

Standing at my mother’s knee

And all the fun and happy times

As she was raising me.


How well I do remember

The love we always shared

And all the things she said and did

That showed she really cared.


How well I do remember

The day God called her home

She slipped into His loving arms

And I felt so alone.


But how well I do remember

The promise Jesus gave to me

Again I’ll see my mother’s face

The best is yet to be.


- J. Morse

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 that 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 at heart

Go to the friends we know

And bury your sorrow in doing good deeds

Miss me – But let me go.


- Anonymous

Memories of My Brother

How well I do remember
All the special times we had
As we were raised side by side
Sharing good times, sharing bad.

Sometimes we would disagree
But always made up in the end
But as we grew to be adults
We became the best of friends.

Then you heard the voice of Jesus
Gently calling from on high
He was holding out His loving arms
But I could not say “goodbye.”

So I said “see you later”
Dear brother, wait for me
In the beauty of God’s Heaven
Where the best is yet to be.

- J. Morse
God Saw Her Getting Tired

God saw she was getting tired,
and a cure was not to be,
So He put His arms around her,
And whispered, “Come with Me.”
With tearful eyes we watched her suffer,
And saw her fade away.

Although we loved her dearly,
We could not make her stay.
A golden heart stopped beating,
Small, frail hands put to rest,
God broke our hearts to prove to us,
He only takes the best.

- Unknown
Memories of My Sister

How well I do remember
All the special times we had
As we were raised side by side
Sharing good times, sharing bad.

Sometimes we would disagree
But always made up in the end
But as we grew to be adults
We became the best of friends.

Then you heard the voice of Jesus
Gently calling from on high
He was holding out His loving arms
But I could not say “goodbye.”

So I said “see you later”
Dear sister, wait for me
In the beauty of God’s Heaven
Where the best is yet to be.

- J. Morse

God Saw Him Getting Tired


God saw he was getting tired,

and a cure was not to be,

So He put His arms around him,

And whispered, “Come with Me.”

With tearful eyes we watched him suffer,

And saw him fade away.


Although we loved him dearly,

We could not make him stay.

A golden heart stopped beating,

Hard working hands to rest,

God broke our hearts to prove to us,

He only takes the best.


- Unknown 

Native American 23rd Psalms


The GREAT FATHER above a SHEPHERD CHIEF is.

I am His and with Him I want not.

He throws out to me a rope and the name of the rope is love

and He draws me to where the grass is green and the water is not dangerous,

and I eat and lie down and am satisfied.

Sometimes my heart is very weak and falls down

but He lifts me up again draws me into a good road.

His name is wonderful.

Sometimes, it may be very soon, it may be a long, long time,

He will draw me into a valley.

It is dark there, but I'll be afraid not,

for it is between those mountains that the SHEPHERD CHIEF will meet me

and the hunger that I have in my heart all through life will be satisfied.

Sometimes he makes the love rope into a whip,

but afterwards He gives me a staff to lean upon.

He spreads a table before me with all kinds of foods.

He puts His hand upon my head and all the "tired" is gone.

My cup he fills till it runs over.

What I tell is true. I lie not.

These roads that are "away ahead" will stay with me

through this life and after;

and afterwards I will go to live in the Big Teepee

and sit down with the SHEPHERD CHIEF forever.

Taps


Day is done, gone the sun,

From the hills, from the lake,

From the sky.

All is well, safely rest,

God is nigh.


Thanks and praise, For our days,

'Neath the sun, Neath the stars,

'Neath the sky,

As we go, This we know,

God is nigh.


Major General Daniel Butterfield

Our Lord Directs Our Way


God does not lead us year by year

Nor even day by day,

But step by step our path unfolds,

Our Lord directs our way.


Tomorrow’s plans we do not know

We only know this minute!

But He will say, “This is the way,

By faith now walk ye in it.”


And we are glad that it is so;

Today is ours to share

And when tomorrow comes, His grace

Shall far exceed its care.


What need to worry then or fret?

The God who gave His only son

Holds all our moments in His hand

and gives them one by one.


- Unknown

Precious Memories


I am gone, but please don’t weep

Or grieve with great despair

For I am now with Jesus

Heaven’s beauty I now share.


Try to look beyond tomorrow

For there’s much for you to do

God has many blessings

Waiting on this earth for you.


And think on precious memories

Until the day we’ll be

Together in God’s Heaven

For all eternity.


- J. Morse

Remember Me


Remember me when flowers bloom

Early in the spring

Remember me on sunny days

In the fun that summer brings.


Remember me in the fall

As you walk through leaves of gold

And remember me in the wintertime

In the stories that are told.


But most of all remember

Each day – right from the start

I will be forever near

For I live within your heart.


- J. Morse

Footprints


One night a man had a dream. He dreamed he was walking along the beach with the Lord. Across the sky flashed scenes of his life. For each scene, he noticed two sets of footprints in the sand; one belonging 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 really bothered him and he questioned the Lord about it. “Lord, you said that once I decided to follow you, you would walk with me all the way. But, 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 child, I love you and would never leave you. During your times of trial and suffering, when you see only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you.”


- Unknown

Your Gentle Face


Your gentle face and patient smile,

With sadness we recall,

You had a kindly word for each

And died beloved by all.

The voice is mute and stilled the heart

That loved us well and true,

Ah, bitter was the trial to part

From one so good as you.

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 take your vacant place.

God Speaks


So when I looked at those flowers,

I was looking at God

For they bloomed in His sun

and grew in His sod

And each lovely flower

was a “voice from above”

That whispered a message

of Kindness and Love

For I feel in my heart,

and I know you do, too,

That God speaks to us all

through the kind things we do

And when I looked at those flowers

I couldn’t help but feel

That they brought heaven nearer

and made God so real.


- Helen Steiner Rice

To Those I Love Those Who Love Me


When I am gone, release me, let me go

I have so many things to see and do.

You mustn’t tie yourself to me in tears

Be happy that we had so many years.


I gave you my love. You can only guess

How much you gave me in Happiness.

I thank you for the love you each have shown,

But now it’s time I traveled alone.


So grieve awhile for me if grieve you must,

Then let your grief be comforted by trust.

It’s only for awhile that we must part

So bless the memories within your heart.


I won’t be far away, for life goes on

So if you need me, call and I will come.

Though you can’t see or touch me, I’ll be near;

And if you listen with your heart, you’ll hear

All my love around you, soft and clear.


And then, when you must come this way alone

I’ll greet you with a smile and a

“Welcome Home.”


-Mary Alice Ramish


No Love Like A Mother’s Love


There is no love, like a mother’s love,

no stronger bond on earth…

like the precious bond that comes from God,

to a mother, when she gives birth.


A mother’s love is forever strong,

never changing for all time…

and when her children need her most,

a mother’s love will shine.


God bless these special mothers,

God bless them every one…

for all the tears and heartache,

and for the special work they’ve done.


When her days on earth are over,

a mother’s love lives on…

through many generations,

with God’s blessings on each one.


Be thankful for our mothers,

for they love with a higher love…

for the power God has given,

and the strength from up above.


- Jill Lemming

When Tomorrow Starts Without Me


When tomorrow starts without me

and I’m not here to see…

If the sun should rise and find your

eyes filled with tears for me.


I wish so much you wouldn’t cry

the way you did today…

While thinking of the many things

we didn’t get to say.


I know how much you love me,

as much as I love you…

And each time you think of me,

I know you’ll miss me, too.


But when tomorrow starts without me,

please try to understand…

That Jesus came and called my name

and took me by the hand.


He said my place was ready

in Heaven far above…

And that I’d have to leave behind

all those I dearly love.


So when tomorrow starts without me,

don’t think we’re far apart…

For every time you think of me,

I’m right here in your heart.


-David Romano

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