Remembrance

by David Harkins

You can shed tears that she has gone or…
You can smile because she lived

You can close your eyes and pray that she will come back or…
You can open your eyes and see all that she has left

You can remember her and only that she is gone or…
You can cherish her memory and let it live on

You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your back or…
You can do what she would want…

Smile, open your eyes, love, and go on

 

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Never Let Me Go

Songwriters: Paul Epworth / Tom Harpoon / Florence Welch
Never Let Me Go lyrics

© Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group

Looking up from underneath
Fractured moonlight on the sea
Reflections still look the same to me
As before I went under

And it’s peaceful in the deep
‘Cause either way you cannot breathe
No need to pray, no need to speak
Now I am under

Oh, and it’s breaking over me
A thousand miles out to the sea bed
Found the place to rest my head

(Never let me go, never let me go
Never let me go, never let me go)

And the arms of the ocean are carrying me
And all this devotion was rushing over me
And the questions I have for a sinner like me
But the arms of the ocean deliver me

Though the pressure’s hard to take
It’s the only way I can escape
It seems a heavy choice to make
But now I am under, oh

And it’s breaking over me
A thousand miles down to the sea bed
I found the place to rest my head

(Never let me go, never let me go
Never let me go, never let me go)

And the arms of the ocean are carrying me
(So cold and so sweet)
And all this devotion was rushing out of me
And the questions I have for a sinner like me
But the arms of the ocean deliver me

And it’s over and I’m going under
But I’m not giving up
I’m just giving in

Oh, slipping underneath
So cold and so sweet
In the arms of the ocean, so sweet and so cold
And all this devotion, well, I never knew at all
And the questions I have for a sinner released
In the arms of the ocean deliver me
(Never let me go, never let me go
Never let me go, never let me go)
Deliver me
(Never let me go, never let me go
Never let me go, never let me go)
Never let me go, never let me go)
Deliver me

(Never let me go, never let me go)
Never let me go, never let me go)

Deliver me

Never let me go, never let me go

And it’s over
I’m going under
But I’m not giving up
I’m just giving in

Ah, slipping underneath
Wooh, so cold, but so sweet

NOTES

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Never_Let_Me_Go_(Florence_and_the_Machine_song)

 

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A Litany of Remembrance

by Rabbi Sylvan Kamens and Rabbi Jack Riemer

In the rising of the sun and in its going down, we remember them.

In the blowing of the wind and in the chill of winter, we remember them.

In the opening of buds and in the rebirth of spring, we remember them.

In the blueness of the sky and in the warmth of summer, we remember them.

In the rustling of leaves and in the beauty of autumn, we remember them.

In the beginning of the year and when it ends, we remember them.

When we are weary and in need of strength, we remember them.

When we are lost and sick at heart, we remember them.

When we have joys we yearn to share, we remember them.

So long as we live, they too shall live, for they are now a part of us, as we remember them. 

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https://www.seafarerpress.com/works/we-remember-them

The best tribute…

by Edward Searle

The best tribute we pay to a loved one when she dies is to honestly remember her for the person she was.

This is to say about her, yes! You were your own person. You were unique.

How you chose to live your life was not without consequence. You mattered. You made a difference for your community, your family, your progeny.

Now that your life has ended, we honor the life you chose to live — in all its sparkle and all its shadows. We celebrate your uniqueness. And we freely give you our love, because you gave us life and loved us too.

STLT #38 Morning Has Broken

Morning has broken,
Like the first morning,
Blackbird has spoken
Like the first bird;
Praise for the singing,
Praise for the morning,
Praise for them springing
Fresh from the Word.

Sweet the rain’s new fall,
Sunlit from heaven,
Like the first dewfall
On the first grass;
Praise for the sweetness,
Of the wet garden,
Sprung in completeness
Where God’s feet pass.

Mine is the sunlight,
Mine is the morning,
Born of the one light
Eden saw play;
Praise with elation,
Praise every morning,
God’s re-creation
Of the new day.

NOTES

STLT#38, Morning Has Broken

I Watch the Sunrise

Words © 1970 John Glynn
Music © 1970 Colin Murphy

I watch the sunrise
Lighting the sky
Casting its shadows near
and on this morning
Bright though it be
I feel those shadows near me
But you are always
Close to me
Following all my ways
May I be always
Close to you
Following all
Your ways Lord
I watch the sunlight
Shine through the clouds
Warming the earth below
And at the midday
Life seems to say
I feel your brightness
Near me
For you are always
Close to me
Following all me ways
May I be always
Close to you
Following all
Your ways Lord
I watch the sunset
Fading away
Lighting the clouds with sleet
And as the evening
Closes its eyes
I feel your presence near me

Yes you are always
Close to me
Following all my ways
May I be always
Close to you
Following all your ways Lord

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Psalm 23

Psalm 23 Modern English Version (MEV)

A Psalm of David.
1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2  He makes me lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside still waters.
3     He restores my soul;
He leads me in paths of righteousness
for His name’s sake.
4 Even though I walk
through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
for You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff,
they comfort me.

5 You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup runs over.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord
forever.

(Modern English Version (MEV)The Holy Bible, Modern English Version. Copyright © 2014 by Military Bible Association. Published and distributed by Charisma House. )

 

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Howard Goodall setting of Psalm 23

SHEET USIC

https://www.jwpepper.com/The-Lord-Is-My-Shepherd/8070275.item#/