Today, I attended the funeral of a relatively young man who leaves behind a wife and five children. His passing was sudden, and not to mention, unexpected.
On the back of the program was this beautiful poem that I wanted to share. It may bring someone who is currently grieving – some comfort.
I do not know who the author is, unfortunately. If anyone reading this, does know, please share in the comments.
Update: I received a comment from the originator of this poem, Maritza Santana. You can read it published below in the comments. Her claim of being the originator of the poem is, indeed, substantiated by the Copyright Registration Service. It is unfortunate when others choose to claim work that isn’t their own.
I’m Free I Am 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 undone must stay that way.
I found that peace at 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 thhings, I too, will miss.
Be not burdened with times of sorrow
I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life’s been full, I’ve 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 hearts and share with me
God wanted me know:
He set me free.
– Maritza Santana
May God rest his soul. And all those who have gone before; too soon in our eyes but in God’s perfect time.