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...Sandee Pope Totten


I'm Free

Linda Jo Jackson

Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free
I am following the path God laid for me.
I took His hand when I heard Him call;
I turned my back and left it all.

I could not stay another day,
To laugh, to love, to work or play.
Tasks left undone must stay that way;
I found that place at the close of day.

If my parting has left a void,
Then fill it with remembered joy.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss;
Ah yes, these things, I too will miss.

Be not burdened with times of sorrow
I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life's been full, I savored much;
Good friends, good times, a loved one's touch.

Perhaps my time seems all too brief;
Don't lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your heart and share with me,
God wanted me now, He set me free.

16 April 2010

I was looking at the web site again today. I say again, because I was looking at it about 3 weeks ago. I thought I would give you a reason to keep it going. On March 25, my wife, Reta, was in the hospital very ill and not knowing if she would make it or not. I was feeling really low. We had just had our 46 wedding anniversary. For some reason, I went to the Mayfair61 site and found the poem someone had posted, "I Am Free". It gave me some hope and I took it to the hospital and read it to Reta several times over the next few days. She really enjoyed it and it gave her comfort. She passed away on March 30. It was the website and your work that gave us such comfort in the end. Please keep up the good work. I'm sure others have found comfort from it as well.

In the poem mentioned, it asks that we not grieve. I have found that you must grieve. I have written a reply for those left behind when a loved one dies. If you think it would bring others comfort, please feel free to post it.

I AM Not Yet Free

I will grieve for you, tho now you're free
I wonder what plan God hath for me?
You took God's hand when he did call
Leaving me who loved you most of all.

You say that you could no longer stay
For me to love, to laugh, to play.
The tasks you left will remain undone
For without you, the race I cannot run.

Yes your parting has left a void
For me, my love, there is no more joy.
No more laughter to hear, soft lips to kiss
I too, these things will forever miss.

No one can know the depth of my sorrow
For me there can never be a tomorrow.
My life with you I too savored much
I will miss your smile, your voice, your touch.

Your time was short, all to brief
I have nothing left but pain and grief.
God wanted you now, He set you free.
I wonder what plan God hath for me?

Thanks again for you good work.

Phil Burney
Class of '61

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