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    Need a reading for a memorial service

    My friend that died is having the memorial service a week from today. My husband has been asked to do a reading, but the family has not come up with one that they want.

    Do any of you have a reading or poem or essay that would fit this occasion.
    It does not have to be solemn, as this is a celebration of life, not a funeral in the typical sense.

    Thanks so much in advance
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    MRD, I'm sorry to hear of your friend's passing. This may not be what you had in mind, but when my mother died suddenly, a friend gave me a copy of this poem, and I found it quite soothing.

    LIFE'S WEAVING

    My life is but a weaving
    Between my God and me,
    I may not choose the colors
    He know what they should be.
    For he can view the pattern
    Upon the upper side,
    While I can see it only
    On this the under side.

    Sometimes he weaveth sorrow
    Which seemeth strange to me,
    But I will trust his judgment
    And work on faithfully.
    "Tis he who fills the shuttle
    He knows just what is best,
    So I shall weave in earnest
    And leave with Him the rest.

    At last when life is ended
    With him shall I abide,
    Then I may view the pattern
    Upon the upper side.
    Then I shall know the reason
    Why pain with joy entwined,
    Was woven in the fabric
    Of the life that God designed.

    By Father Tabb

    http://www.uwm.edu/People/savr/weavers.html

    (it's at the bottom of the page)

    I hope this helps...take care, sweetie.
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    A friend gave this to me in college when my best friend suddenly passed away:

    Loneliness

    When loneliness is all around, know that I am here.

    If sorrow seems to fill your heart, know I'll wipe your tear.

    When burdens are too much to bear, I'll carry them away.

    If times are hard and you feel lost, I'll help you find the way.

    When darkness seems to cloud your dreams, I'll hold you through the night.

    For I, The Lord, am by your side, to darkness I am light.

    --- Anon ----

    I am so sorry for your loss.
    Whenever you see darkness, there is extraordinary opportunity for the light to burn brighter.
    -Bono

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    JLuvs...that one you posted is absolutely beautiful......made me tear up reading it.....
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    I thought this was rather wonderful. As it relates to a boat, it talks of a "she" rather than a he. But you could apply it to your friend after reading it.

    Gone From My Sight

    I am standing upon the seashore.
    A ship at my side spreads her white
    sails to the morning breeze and starts
    for the blue ocean.

    She is an object of beauty and strength
    I stand and watch her until at length
    she hangs like a speck of white cloud
    just where the sea and sky come
    to mingle with each other

    Then someone at my side says;

    "There, she is gone!"

    "Gone where?"

    Gone from my sight. That is all.

    She is just as large in mast and hull
    and spar as she was when she left my side
    and she is just as able to bear her
    load of living freight to her destined port.

    Her diminished size is in me, not in her.

    And just at the moment when someone
    at my side says, "There, she is gone!"

    There are other eyes watching her coming,
    and other voices ready to take up the glad
    shout,

    "Here she comes!"

    And that is dying.

    Henry Van Dyke

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    MissKitty, they did that reading at memorial service I was at years ago and I thought it was beautiful but didn't know who had written it. That is good one for someone who loved the water.
    I could go east, I could go west, it was all up to me to decide. Just then I saw a young hawk flyin' and my soul began to rise. ~Bob Seger

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    Thanks so much you guys. Those are all beautiful and all brought tears to my eyes.

    My friend loved New Orleans and loved to make Gumbo (which we are having at the wake) and crawfish, etc. Their house also had a lot of prints from New Orleans Jazz festivals they attended.

    So we found this poem. It was written for a jazz musician that passed away, but I "think" we are going to use it. I had the authors name, but its hidden on my messy desk somewhere. So we might use this unless we find something else. So if any of you have any others keep them coming because even if we don't use them, I am filing them away. They are beautiful. And Thank you.



    The Death of Jazz New Orleans Style



    Miles and miles

    Of Obsidian black,

    Canary yellow

    Flamingo pink,

    And violet.



    Of Jade green

    Pearly white

    Sea blue

    And saxophone gold



    Men and women

    Parade through the streets

    With umbrellas held high

    A brass band and drum

    Hold the beat.



    When a jazz player dies

    The others come to both

    Celebrate and mourn

    The life of such fine art.

    Through the streets of

    Old New Orleans,

    Dancing to the tune of

    A well played life:



    Oh when the Saints go marching in

    Oh when the saints go marching in

    Oh how I want to be in that number,

    When the saints go marching in.
    Que me amat, amet et canem meum
    (Who loves me will love my dog also)

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    Quote Originally Posted by bbnbama View Post
    JLuvs...that one you posted is absolutely beautiful......made me tear up reading it.....
    As it does with me. I don't get it out too often. Sadly my friend was murdered so it was shocking for me as we were both 19 at the time.

    Here is another beautiful song that I have sung at Celebration of Life services and funerals:

    You who dwell in the shelter of the Lord,
    Who abide in His shadow for life,
    Say to the Lord, "My Refuge,
    My Rock in Whom I trust."

    Refrain
    And He will raise you up on eagle's wings,
    Bear you on the breath of dawn,
    Make you to shine like the sun,
    And hold you in the palm of His Hand.

    The snare of the fowler will never capture you,
    And famine will bring you no fear;
    Under His Wings your refuge,
    His faithfulness your shield.

    Refrain
    And He will raise you up on eagle's wings,
    Bear you on the breath of dawn,
    Make you to shine like the sun,
    And hold you in the palm of His Hand.

    You need not fear the terror of the night,
    Nor the arrow that flies by day,
    Though thousands fall about you,
    Near you it shall not come.

    Refrain
    And He will raise you up on eagle's wings,
    Bear you on the breath of dawn,
    Make you to shine like the sun,
    And hold you in the palm of His Hand.

    For to His angels He's given a command,
    To guard you in all of your ways,
    Upon their hands they will bear you up,
    Lest you dash your foot against a stone.

    Refrain
    And He will raise you up on eagle's wings,
    Bear you on the breath of dawn,
    Make you to shine like the sun,
    And hold you in the palm of His Hand.
    And hold you in the palm of His Hand.
    Whenever you see darkness, there is extraordinary opportunity for the light to burn brighter.
    -Bono

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    Well the song that I have requested to be played at my funeral may not necessarily apply to myrosiedog but I love this song so much........

    GARTH BROOKS
    The Dance
    (Tony Arata)

    Looking back on the memory of
    The dance we shared 'neath the stars alone
    For a moment all the world was right
    How could I have known that you'd ever say goodbye

    And now I'm glad I didn't know
    The way it all would end the way it all would go
    Our lives are better left to chance I could have missed the pain
    But I'd of had to miss the dance

    Holding you I held everything
    For a moment wasn't I a king
    But if I'd only known how the king would fall
    Hey who's to say you know I might have chanced it all

    And now I'm glad I didn't know
    The way it all would end the way it all would go
    Our lives are better left to chance I could have missed the pain
    But I'd of had to miss the dance

    Yes my life is better left to chance
    I could have missed the pain but I'd of had to miss the dance
    Reality is the beginning...not the end....Wallace Stevens

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    I remembered this from when my Granddaddy died...when I was 7 years old, which was 1967. I'm surprised I remembered enough of it to find online...

    I Can Not Say

    I cannot say, and I will not say
    That he is dead. He is just away.
    With a cheery smile, and a wave of the hand,
    He has wandered into an unknown land.
    And left us dreaming how very fair
    It needs must be since he lingers there.
    And you-O you, who the wildest yearn
    For the old-time step and the glad return-
    Think of him faring on, as dear
    In the love of there as the love of here;
    Think of him still as the same, I say;
    He is not dead - he is just away!

    by James Whitcomb Riley
    I have found the Truth and it doesn't make sense.

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