Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Safely Home

A few days ago, I read the below prayer and thought NOT to post it as I didn't know anyone who died lately. I also didn't want to depress my readers.

Then, came my Iraqi friend's e-mail telling me of his brother's death. I'm horrible when it comes to condolences. So, I thought I should post the prayer instead of trying to find the words to comfort my friend.

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.

Did you wonder I so calmly
Trod the valley of the shade?
Oh! But Jesus' love illumined
Every dark and fearful glade.

And He came himself to meet me
In that way so hard to tread;
And with Jesus' arm to lean on
Could I have one doubt or dread?

Then you must grieve so sorely
For I love you dearly still;
Try to look beyond earth's shadows
Pray to trust our Father's Will.

There is work still waiting for you.
So you must not idly stand;
Do it now while life remaineth
You shall rest in Jesus' 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!

May God help families who lost loved ones in Iraq.


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