ART RECENTLY COMPLETED BY PAUL BOECHER – POETRY BY KATHY BOECHER©
“There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love.” Washington Irving
My sister’s mother in law passed away yesterday. She was a woman of faith and Christian character. She raised a large brood of children to become successful in more ways than one. She loved life, but nearing the age of 95, she was ready for heaven.
This woman personified the typical church lady. She had a deep love for the Lord and made sure that all her children were trained in His way. She served the Lord in many ways, beginning with her family. This is the greatest legacy she could possibly leave.
We’ll all face our final breath someday. Some of us fear it more than others. Some long for freedom from pain and suffering- from depression and the muck of this world. What we’ve done upon this planet will not matter much when we leave it, but our heritage will be measured by the way we lived. It will serve as an example for those left behind to continue what was begun in us at an early age.
Rest in peace, Marliss. You served as a beacon to many through your long, rich life. May you now enjoy the rest you deserve!
Our lives on earth are temporal – a whisper hushed and still,
We’re placed here by the Father’s hand and through His mighty will,
He guides us through the depths of pain, He takes our hand and leads,
He washes all our sin away and cares for all our needs,
When faced with darkness, fear and loss, He lifts us in His arms,
Protecting us from Satan’s wiles, his misery and charms,
When life becomes to hard to bear, He takes our cares away,
He gives us hope, He shelters us, to see another day,
So turn to Him upon this day, when all seems lost and gone,
Rejoice in His unending love, replenished every dawn
And when that final day arrives and death knocks at the door,
Our tears will never overpass, the glory that’s in store.