Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Eternal Flame

21st Nov 2016

We had a moving service at church on Saturday to remember and pray for those loved ones who have died during the last year. Like an automaton I went along, not  feeling particularly happy about being there with all those others who also suffered a personal loss so recently.
 But that was, of course, the very thing that made it a moment of special Grace. A lady I knew there whose  son died just a few weeks ago was  with her daughter and grandson, being healed a little . Many of the others were friends who were also grieving and in some way the strength to be gained from us all remembering together was hugely powerful . Many of us shed a tear and comforted each other. 

Eternal Flame

Lit a candle for you both today,
And sat and had a little pray.
I miss you when I make the tea
I miss your jokes and revelry
I miss the stories that you told
Even if they were ones of old
I miss the way you knew all the news
The way you always shared your views.
I miss all our walks in beautiful places
The sea, and the hills, left smiles on our faces
I miss the way, mum, you made apple pie
I couldn't repeat it - how hard did I try.
And dad with your skill and intelligence
I was lucky if I'd got a bit of common sense.
One day we'll meet again I'm sure
When I find the way to the room next door
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  1. So lovely, Marian. Some of us have been so lucky this year... though I know that by this time next year at least two of my immediate family will be gone (we're lucky they've made it this long). I will recall this eternal flame post often. Thank you.

    And thank you for sharing this in the GRAND Social. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

    1. Thank you Lisa. Just checking posts from the past and found your encouraging comment.

  2. This is beautiful. Thank you for sharing this.

  3. Lovely, sadly sweet! I think we all have suffered losses, and the older we get the more people we care about cross over to the spirit world ahead of us, leaving us to mourn their presence in our lives. I am glad you went to the service and found comfort in comforting each other. The poem you wrote was beautiful, it is indeed the everyday sharing that we miss the most.

    1. Thank you for your encouraging and beautiful words Josie. The poem is as vivid to me today as when I wrote it.


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