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Prayer for Consolation

"I'll lend you for a little while a child of mine" God said
For you to love the while he lives and mourn for when he's dead.
It may be six or seven years, Or forty two or three;
But will you till I call him back take care of him for me ?
He'll bring his charms to gladden you, and should his stay be brief,
You'll have his lovely memories as a solace for your grief

I cannot promise he will stay since all from earth return,
But there are lessons taught below I want this child to learn.
I've looked the whole world over in my search for teachers true,
And from the things that crowd life's land, I have chosen you.
Now will you give him all your love, Nor think the labor vain ?
Nor hate me when I come to take this lent child back again ?

I fancied that I heard them say : "Dear Lord thy will be done:"
For all the joys thy child will bring the risk of grief we'll run.
We'll shelter him with tenderness, we'll love him while we may,
And for the happiness we've known, forever grateful stay.
But should Thy Angels call for him much sooner than we planned,
We'll brave the bitter grief that comes and try to understand.


We pray that you will have the blessing of
being consoled and sure about your own death.

May you know in your soul that there is no need to be afraid.

When your time comes may you be given every
blessing and shelter that you need.

May there be a beautiful welcome for you in the
home that you are going to.

You are not going somewhere strange.

You are going back to the home you never left.

May you be peaceful and happy in the presence of
those who really care for you.

May your going be sheltered and your welcome assured.

May your soul smile in the embrace of your anam cara.

The Gospel According to John 14:1

Do not let your hearts be troubled.
You trust in God, trust also in me.
In my Father's house there are many places to live in;
otherwise I would have told you.
I am going now to prepare a place for you,
and after I have prepared you a place,
I shall return to take you to myself,
so that you may be with me
where I am.
You know the way to the place where I am going

A Prayer

As stars, mists and candleflames, mirages,
dewdrops and water bubbles, as dreams,
lightning and clouds,
so may we view the things of this world.

We look at life, impermanent and fragile,
and so we develop wisdom.
The things we have created have no substance,
and so we seek the substance of the Ultimate.
Beyond the storm clouds - the brilliance of the sun.
Beyond the dark clouds of confusion - the clarity of truth.
Immutable through all changes is the nature of mind.

May you Justin, experience luminous mind
and rise stainless as a lotus.
As we say farewell to you, within the clouds that
hide the heavens from our sight,
We pray that you may hear us and
know we wish you well.
As you leave this world behind,
may your wisdom increase,
May you benefit beings,
May you see your own mind,
May you recognize your true nature.

The world is filled with sorrow.
He is wise who forgets his own in healing that of others;
She is wise who strives to lighten the
darkness of illusion with the
white flame of her own enlightenment.

May the merit of our prayers ease the
sufferings of beings throughout space,
and soothe the deep sadness of those
who have known and love Justin.

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Across the Fields

Across the fields I can see the radiance of your smile.
And I know in my heart you are there.
But the anguish I am feeling makes the distance so very far across

Love and Time
hummingbirdOnce upon a time there was an island where all the feelings lived happiness,sadness, knowledge,and all the others, including love.

One day it was announced to all of the feelings that the island was going to sink to the bottom of the ocean. So all the feelings prepared their boats to leave.

Love was the only one that stayed. She wanted to preserve the island paradise until the last possible moment. When the island was almost totally under, love decided it was time to leave.

She began looking for someone to ask for help. Just then Richness was passing by in a grand boat. Love asked, "Richness, Can I come with you on your boat?"

Richness answered, " I'm sorry, but there is a lot of silver and gold on my boat and there would be no room for you anywhere."

Then Love decided to ask Vanity for help who was passing in a beautiful vessel. Love cried out, "Vanity, help me please." "I can't help you", Vanity said, "You are all wet and will damage my beautiful boat."

Next, Love saw Sadness passing by. Love said, " Sadness, please let me go with you."
Sadness answered, "Love, I'm sorry, but, I just need to be alone now."

Then, Love saw Happiness. Love cried out, " Happiness, please take me with you."
But Happiness was so overjoyed that he didn't hear Love calling to him.

Love began to cry. Then, she heard a voice say, "Come Love, I will take you with me."It was an elder. Love felt so blessed and overjoyed that she forgot to ask the elder his name. When they arrived on land, the elder went on his way.

Love realized how much she owed the elder. Love then found Knowledge and asked, "Who was it that helped me?" "It was Time", Knowledge answered.
"But why did Time help me when no one else would?", Love asked. Knowledge smiled and with deep wisdom and sincerity,answered, "Because only Time is capable of understanding how great Love is."


Go placidly amid the noise and haste,
And remember what peace there may be in silence.

As far as possible without surrender
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly & clearly;
and listen to others,
even the dull & ignorant;
they too have their story.

Avoid loud & aggressive persons,
they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain & bitter;
for always there will be greater
and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.

Keep interested in your own career,
however humble; it is a real possession
in the changing future of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs;
for the world is full of trickery.

But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals;
and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself.
Especially, do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love;
for in the face of all aridity & disenchantment
it is perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit
to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue & loneliness.
Beyond wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.

You are a child of the universe,
no less than the trees & the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be,
and whatever your labours & aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life
keep peace with your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery & broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.
~ Max Ehrmann, 1927 ~

Death is nothing at all
I have only slipped away into the next room
I am I and you are you
whatever we were to each other
that we still are
call me by my old familiar name
speak to me in the easy way
which you always used
put no difference in your tone
wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow
laugh as we always laughed
at the little jokes we enjoyed together
pray smile, think of me, pray for me
Let my name be ever the household word
that it always was
Let it be spoken without effort
without the trace of a shadow in it
Life means all that it ever meant
it is the same as it ever was
there is unbroken continuity
why should I be out of mind
because I am out of sight?
I am waiting for you
somewhere very near
just around the corner

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