For Ralph and Connie
They lifted many burdened hearts
By joining in our prayers,
Brought gladness into troubles,
Drew triumphs from despairs.
They spread God’s joy and loveliness
By simply being here.
We breathed the air of heaven
Whenever they were near.
Reluctantly we say “Goodbye”
Now saddened by our loss,
But bound to meet again
Because of Jesus and The Cross.
November 4, 2010, 1700
(completed, by the grace of God,
only minutes before their farewell dinner at church)