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I thought of you with love today but that is nothing new,
I thought about you yesterday and days before that too.

I think of you in silence I often speak your name,
all I have are memories and your picture in a frame.

Your memory is my keepsake with which I'll never part
God has you in His keeping I have you in my heart.

The Broken Chain

We little knew that evening that God was going to call your name.
In life we loved you dearly, in death we do the same.

It broke our hearts to lose you, you did not go alone;
for part of us went with you, the day God called you home.

You left us peaceful memories, your love is still our guide;
and though we cannot see you, you are always at our side.

Our family chain is broken, and nothing seems the same;
but as God calls us one by one, the Chain will link again.

If Tears Could Build A Stairway

If tears could build a stairway And memories were a lane
We would walk right up to heaven And bring you back again.

No farewell words were spoken No time to say goodbye
You were gone before we knew it And only God knows why.

Our hearts still ache in sadness And secret tears still flow
What it meant to lose you No one can ever know.

But now we know you want us To mourn for you no more
To remember all the happy times Life still has much in store.

Since you'll never be forgotten We pledge to you today
A hallowed place within our hearts Is where you'll always stay.

The Dash by Linda Ellis

I read of a reverend who stood to speak at the funeral of his friend.
He referred to the dates on her tombstone from the the end.

He noted that first came the date of her birth and spoke of the following date with tears,
but he said what mattered most of all was the dash between those years.

For that dash represents all the time that she spent alive on earth
and now only those who loved her know what that little line is worth.

For it matters not, how much we own; the cars the house the cash.
What matters is how we live and love and how we spend our dash.

So think about this long and hard are there things youd like to change?
For you never know how much time is left. (You could be at "dash mid-range.")

If we could just slow down enough to consider whats true and real
and always try to understand the way other people feel.

And be less quick to anger and show appreciation more
and love the people in our lives like we've never loved before.

If we treat each other with respect and more often wear a smile,
remembering that this special "dash" might only last a little while.

So when your eulogy is being read with your life's actions to rehash,
would you be proud of the things they say about how you spent your "dash?"

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