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     1. An Admirable Man

     2. Crossing The Bar

     3. Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep

     4. Footprints

     5. God's Finger Touched Her

     6. He Only Takes The Best

     7. I'm Free

     8. The Lord's Prayer

      9. The Measure Of A Man

     10. The Memory Of Me

     11. Miss Me But Let Me Go

     12. Prayer Of St. Francis Of Assisi

     13. That Man Is A Success

     14. Twenty Third Psalm

     15. When I Must Leave You

     16. Wind Beneath My Wings
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An Admirable Man
If a man is honest with others and with    himself...
If he receives gratefully and gives quietly...
If he is gentle enough to feel and strong    enough to show his feelings...
If he is slow to see the faults of others but    quick to discover their goodness...
If he is cheerful in difficult times and modest in    success...
If he does his best to be true to his beliefs...
Then he is truly an admirable man.
God's Finger Touched Me
God's finger touched her and she slipped away
From earth's dark shadows to a brighter day;
God saw the road was getting rough.
The hills were hard to climb;
He gently closed her weary eyes,
And whispered, 'Peace be thine.'
To a beautiful garden this friend has gone,
To a land of perfect rest;
Though she is gone she still lives on
In the garden of memory.
 
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Crossing The Bar
Sunset and evening star,
   And one clear call for me,
And may there be no moaning of the bar,
    When I put out to sea.

But such a tide as moving seems asleep,
   Too full for sound and foam,
When that which drew from out the
   boundless deep.
    Turns home again.

Twilight and evening bell,
    And after that the dark!
And may there be no sadness of farewell,
   When I embark.

For tho' from out our bourne
   of time and place
The flood may bear me far,
   I hope to see my Pilot face to face
When I have crossed the bar.

          Alfred Lord Tennyson
I'm Free
Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free
I'm 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 alone undone must stay that way
I found that place at the close of day.

If 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 seemed all too brief;
Don't lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your heart and share with me
God wanted me now, with Him I'll be.
 
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Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow;
I am the diamond glint on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain;
I am the gentle autumn's rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft star that shines at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry.
I am not there; I did not die.
The Lord's Prayer
Our father, who art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy name,
Thy kingdom come,
Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven,
Give us this day our daily bread
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us,
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil,
For thine is the kingdom, and the power,
and glory, for ever and ever. Amen
 
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FOOTPRINTS
   One night I had a dream. I was walking along the beach with the Lord, and across the skies flashed scenes from my life. In each scene I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand. One was mine, and one was the Lord's. When the last scene of my life appeared before me, I looked back at the footprints in the sand, and to my surprise, I noticed that many times along the path of my life there was only one set of footprints. And I noticed that it was at the lowest and saddest times in my life. I asked the Lord about it:
   "Lord, you said that once I decided to follow you, you would walk with me all the way. But I noticed that during the most troublesome times in my life there is only one set of footprints. I don't understand why you left my side when I needed you the most."
   The Lord said: "My precious child, I never left you during your time of trial. Where you see only one set of footprints, I was carrying you.
Measure Of A Man
Not – How did he die? But – How did he live?
Not – What did he gain? But – What did he give?

These are the units To measure the worth
Of a man as a man Regardless of birth.

Not – What was his station? But – Had he a heart?
And – How did he play His God-given part?

Was he ever ready With a word of good cheer,
To bring back a smile, To banish a tear?

Not – What was his church? Nor – What was his creed?
But – Had he befriended Those really in need?

Not – What did the sketch In the newspaper say?
But – How many were sorry When he passed away?
 
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He Only Takes The Best
God saw that she was getting tired,
And a cure was not to be,
So He put His arms around her,
And whispered… “Come With Me”

With tearful eyes
We watched her suffer,
And saw her fade away.
Although we loved her dearly,
We could not make her stay.

A golden heart stopped beating,
Hard working hands to rest;
God took her from this earth to prove…
He only takes the best.
Miss Me, But Let Me Go
When I come to the end of the road
And the sun has set for me,
I want no rites in a gloom-filled room.
Why cry for a soul set free?
Miss me a little, but not too long
And not with your head bowed low.
Remember the love we once shared -
Miss me, but let me go.

For this is a journey we all must take
And each must go alone.
It's all a part of the Maker's plan,
A step on the road to home.
When you are lonely and sick at heart
Go to the friends we know
And bury your sorrows in doing good deeds -
Miss me, but let me go.
 
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The Memory Of Me
I'd like the memory of me
To be a happy one.
I'd like to leave an afterglow
Of smiles when day is done.

I'd like to leave an echo
Whispering softly down the ways,
Of happy times, and laughing times
And bright and sunny days.

I'd like the tears of those who grieve
to dry before the sun
Of happy memories I leave behind
When day is done.
PRAYER OF ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI
Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where this is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
And where there is sadness, joy.

0 Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive, it is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
 
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Twenty-Third Psalm
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:
He leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul: He leadeth me in the
paths of righteousness
for his name's sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of
the shadow of death, I will fear no evil:
for thou art with me; Thy rod and
thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the
presence of mine enemies: thou anointest
my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life: and I will
dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
When I Must Leave You
When I must leave you for a little while, Please do not grieve and shed wild tears And hug your sorrow to you through the years, But start out bravely with a gallant smile; And for my sake and in my name Live on and do all the things the same. Feed not your loneliness on empty days, But fill each waking hour in useful ways. Reach out your hand in comfort and in cheer, And I in turn will comfort you And hold you near; And never, never be afraid to die, For I am waiting for you in the sky!

Helen Steiner
 
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That Man Is A Success
That Man Is A Success…
who has lived well,
   laughed often and loved much;
who has gained the respect
   of intelligent men
      and the love of children;
who has filled his niche
   and accomplished his task;
who leaves the world better
   than he found it,
   whether by an improved poppy,
   a perfect poem
      or a rescued soul;
who never lacked appreciating
   of earth's beauty
      or failed to express it;
who looked for the best in others
   and gave the best he had.
Wind Beneath My Wings
It must have been cold there
In my shadow
To never have sunlight
On your face
You were content to let me shine
That's your way
You always walked the step behind
So I was the one
With all the glory
While you were the one
With all the strength
A beautiful face without a name
For so long
A beautiful smile
To hide the pain.

Did you ever know
You are my hero
And everything I would like to be
I can fly higher than an eagle
'Cause you are the wind beneath my wings.