Blessings For A Dying Friend - Poem by Beatrice Dahlen
May your days and nights be filled with peace,
And may those you love be near.
May the solace of that closeness
Banish any hint of fear.
May the joy you've brought to others
Fill your soul now with that light,
And the memories of happy times
Fill your dreams through darkest night.
For you've lent your strength to many.
You've upheld us in our strife.
Now let those of us who love you
Let you know just how your life
Has been the brightest beacon
For you've shown us how to bear
With great dignity and courage
Both the bad times and the fair.
As a mentor and a leader
You have always been our guide.
As a friend there's been none better.
May you know all this with pride.
All our prayers and thoughts are with you.
May you feel their soothing grace.
May our care and loving hold you
Here within that sacred space.
And may God then grant you courage
When the time to fight is o'er
And be waiting for you smiling,
When you reach his lofty door.
For you'll be borne by angels
That our Lord has sent for you
And in wholeness be rewarded
All your pain will then be through.
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