Some thoughts occasioned by events in the family


Battered shell, a shadow of what was

Burned-out soul locked into the past

Body worn frail with life’s assignment

Brain confused straining to recall:

people, places, names and faces

then and now intermingled.

Signals closing stages of earthly pilgrimage


Yet hope burns bright as spirit is renewed,

faith remains unshaken while fortitude prevails.

Looking beyond to what shall surely be:

To see the face of the Beloved,

To hear His voice affirm: “Well Done”

To feel the surge of life that is unending

And receive the welcome to eternal home …