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Martin's Funerals has compiled a selection of verses that you might like to be included in your loved one's funeral program: Index o Psalm 23 o Footprints o Miss me – but let me go o When I must leave you o Death is nothing at all. o The prayer of Saint Francis o Do not cry o A time for everything o Picking up the pieces o What is a mother? o When tomorrow o Do not stand at my grave and weep, o The value of a smile o When it is hard to understand Psalm 23 The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not lack. He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still and restful waters. He refreshes and restores my life; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Yes, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear or dread no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil, my cup runs over. Surely only goodness, mercy, and unfailing love shall follow me all the days of my life, and through the length of my days the house of the Lord shall be my dwelling place Back to the top Footprints One night a man had a dream. He dreamt he was walking along the beach with the Lord. Across the sky flashed scenes from his life. For each scene, he noticed two steps of footprints in the sand: one belonging to him, the other to the Lord. When the last scene from 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 started to follow You, You would walk with me all the way. But I have noticed that 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 , precious child, I love you and I would never leave you. During your times of trial and depression when you see only one set of footprints, it Back to the top 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 must take And each must go alone It’s all a step in the Master’s plan A step on the road home. When you are lonely and sick at heart Go to the friends we know And bury your sorrows in doing good deeds Miss me – But let me go! Back to the top 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 name live on and do all the 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! Back to the top Death is nothing at all. I have only slipped away into the next room I am I, and you are you. Whatever we were to each other, That we still are. Call me by my old familiar name, speak to me in the easy way which you always used. Put no difference in your tone, Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow. Laugh as we always laughed, At the little jokes we enjoyed together. Pray, smile, think of me, pray for me. Let my name be ever the household word It always was, let it be spoken without effect, Without the trace of a shadow on it. Life means all that it ever meant. It is the same as it ever was; There is unbroken continuity. Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight? I am waiting for you, for an interval, Somewhere very near, just round the corner. All is well Back to the top The prayer of Saint Francis Make me a channel of your peace Where there is hatred, let me bring your love, were there is injury, your pardon, Lord. And where there’s doubt, true faith in you. Make me a channel of your peace Where there’s despair in life Let me bring hope where there is darkness only light, ad where there’s sadness ever joy. Oh, Master grant that I may never seek s much to be consoled as to console to be understood as to understand to be loved as to love with all my soul. Make me a channel of your peace It is in pardoning that we pardoned In giving to all men that we receive, And in dying that we’re born to eternal life Back to the top Do not cry I did not die m time just came to part But I will always be close to your heart. I am resting in a peaceful place. If you see me now I wear a happy face. God gives me a lot of care and love. I am here in Heaven above. So do not cry because I didn’t die. Keep me alive in your heart Because from there I’ll never part. When I died I kept on living. I’m your angel up in Heaven you’ll always have my love seeing you through. Remember I love all of you Back to the top A time for everything Everything that happens in this world happens at the time God chooses. He sets the time for birth and the time for death, the time for planting and the time for pulling up, the time for killing and the time for healing, the time for tearing down and the time for building. He sets the time for sorrow and the time for joy, the time for mourning and the time for dancing, the time for making love and the time for not making love, the time for kissing, And the time for not kissing. He sets the time for finding and the time for losing, the time for saving and the time for throwing away, the time for tearing and the time for mending, the time for silence and the time for talk. He sets the time for love and the time for hate, the time for war and the time for peace. What do we gain from all our work? I know the heavy burdens that God has laid on us. He has set the right time for everything. He has given us a desire to know the future but never gives us the satisfaction of fully understanding what he does. So I realized that all we can do is be happy and do the best we can while we are still alive. All of us should eat and drink and enjoy what we have worked for. It is God’s gift. I know that everything God does will last forever. You can’t add anything to it or take anything away from it. And one thing God does is to make us have reverence for Him. Whatever happens or can happen has already happened before. God makes the same thing happen again and again. Back to the top Picking up the pieces I’m picking up the pieces And starting all over again, My life has been fractured far too long, It simply can’t go on. I’ve left a trail of emptiness That I can hide behind. It should never have been like this, I must have been out of my mind. There’s been no belonging, no owning, I thought I was being smart, I can’t believe how wrong I have been right from the start. Half my life has been wasted, But the other half won’t be Because I’m picking up the pieces And starting all over again. Back to the top What is a mother? It takes a Mother’s love To make a house a home, A place to be remembered, No matter where we roam. It takes a Mother’s patience To bring a child up right, And her courage and her cheerfulness To make a dark day bright. It takes a Mother’s thoughtfulness To mend the heart’s deep “hurts”, And her skill and her endurance To mend little socks and shirts. It takes a Mother’s kindness To forgive us when we err, To sympathize in trouble And bow her head in prayer. It takes a Mother’s wisdom To recognize our needs And to give us reassurance By her loving words and deeds. Back to the top When tomorrow When tomorrow starts without me, and I’m not there to see if the sun rises and finds your eyes all filled with tears for me, I wish so much you wouldn’t cry, the way you did today. While thinking of 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 an angel came and called my name, and took me by the hand And said my place was ready, in heaven far above. And that I’d have to leave behind, all those I dearly love. But as I turned to walk away, a tear fell from my eye For all my life I’d always thought I didn’t want to die. I had so much to live for, so much left yet to do, It seemed almost impossible that I was leaving you. I thought of all the yesterdays, the good ones and the bad. I thought of all the love we shared, all the fun we had. If I could relive yesterday, just even for a while, I’d say good-bye and kiss you and maybe see you smile, But when I fully realised, that this could never be, For emptiness and memories, would take place of me, And when I thought of worldly things, I might miss, come tomorrow. I thought of you and when I did, my heart was filled with sorrow. And when I walked through heavens gates, I felt so much at home. When God looked down and smiled at me from His great golden throne, He said: “This is eternity, and all I’ve promised you. Today your life on earth is past, but here life starts anew. I promise no tomorrow, but today will always last and since each day’s the same way, there is no longing for the past. You have been so faithful, so trusting and true, Though there were times you did some things, you knew you shouldn’t do . But you have been forgiven and now at last you are free. So won’t you come and take my hand and share My life with me?” So when tomorrow starts without me, don’t think we’re far apart. For every time you think of me, I’m right there in your heart. Back to the top 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 glints on snow, I am the sunlight on ripened grain, I am the gentle autumn rain, When you awaken in the mornings hush, I am the swift uplifting rush of 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. You cannot see or touch me But I’m standing next to you. Your tears can only hurt me, Your sadness makes me blue. Be brave and show a smiling face, Let not your grief show through. I love you from a different place, Yet I’m standing next to you. Back to the top The value of a smile A smile is nature’s best antidote for discouragement. It brings rest to the weary, sunshine to those who are sad, and hope to those who are hopeless and defeated. A smile is so valuable that it can’t be bought, begged, borrowed, or taken away against your will. You have to be willing to give a smile away before it can do anyone else any good. So if someone is too tired or grumpy to flash you a smile, let him have one of yours anyway. Nobody needs a smile as much as the person who has none to give. Back to the top When it is hard to understand I’ll lend you for a while a child of mine, He said For you to love the while he lives and mourn for when he is dead. It may be six or seven years, or twenty two or three, but will you, till I call him back, take care of him for Me? He’ll bring his charm to gladden you, and should his stay be brief, You’ll have his lovely memories as solace for your grief. I cannot promise he will stay, since all from earth must return, but there are lessons to be taught down there, I want this child to learn. I’ve looked the whole world over in search for teachers true, and from the throngs that crowd life’s lanes, I have selected you. Now will you give him all your love, nor think the labour vain. Nor hate me when I come to call him back again? I fancied that I heard them say”Dear Lord Thy Will be done! For all the joy Thy child shall bring, the risk of grief we’ll run. We’ll shelter him with tenderness, we’ll love him while we may. And for all the happiness we’ve known, forever grateful stay. But should the Angels call for him much sooner than we’ve planned, we’ll brave the bitter grief that comes and try to understand. Back to the top