Sandy's poem for Al
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of comfort compiled and written by Sandy,
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.
read by Deacon Ken Nowicki at Al's memorial
I could not stay another day,
To love, to laugh, to work, or play.
Tasks left undone must stay that way.
I've found a better place, with God to stay.
Perhaps my time here seemed all to brief,
Don't lengthen it with undo grief.
Lift up your hearts and be happy for me.
God wanted me now,
The suffering and pain are no longer with me,
You see my friend God has set me free.
My life has been full,
I have enjoyed so much,
I was blessed with a loving wife,
And known a daughter's special touch.
I traveled to faraway places.
I have known many happy faces.
If my parting has left a void,
Then fill it with remembered joy.
Promise to smile when you think about the things you now miss.
Friendship, laughter, a silly dance, a touch, a kiss.
I leave this world knowing I was truly loved, that so many cared.
I take with me the million memories of all that we shared.
I have entered my new life as a millionaire.
My last breath did not say goodbye,
My love for you is truly timeless.
I have left my memories, my laughter, and my dance, to those I treasure.
My parting gift to you is a gift beyond that of measure.
Be not burdened with grief or sorrow,
Enjoy my wish for you, peace, sunshine, sunsets on the water, and happy
Al, Al, Everyone's Pal