i'll lend you for a little time
a child of mine, god said
for you to love her while she lives
and mourn for when she's dead
it may be six or seven years,
or twenty two or three
but will you, 'til i call her back,
take care of her for me?
she'll bring her charms to gladden you,
and shall her stay be brief
you'll have her lovely memories
as solace for your grief
i cannot promise she will stay
as all from earth return
but there are lessons taught down there
i want this child too learn
i've looked the wide world over
in my search for teachers true
and from the throngs that crowd lifes lane
i have selected you
now will you give her all your love
and not think the labour vain
nor hate me when i come to call
to take her back again
i fancied that i heard them say
'dear lord thy will be done'
for all the joy thy child shall bring
the risk of grief we'll run
we'll shelter her with tenderness
we'll love her while we may
and for the happiness we've known
forever grateful stay
but should the angels call for her
much sooner than we've planned
we'll brave the bitter grief that comes
and try to understand
i got one of those calls tonight that no one wants. i've been a funeral director for 10 years now, but nothing prepares you for the moment that a friend calls upon you for help because someone has passed away. even less when that someone is their child, who is still a baby.
my sweet friends from church lost their 9 week old baby girl this week to sids (sudden infant death syndrome), she went down for her nap and never woke. she slipped from this life to the next, back to the arms of her heavenly father. it breaks my heart to know of the pain they are feeling, but as i sat with them and helped them, answered their questions and helped them through the funeral process, i felt peace. they spoke so bravely and with a sure knowledge that their family is eternal. that their sweet girl will be back in their arms one day. i know they have truly "cast their burdens upon the lord" and feel peace in their hearts, along with the anguish. they have truly been blessed through prayer, with strength beyond their own.
how grateful i am for the sealing power of the temple. to know that my family is also eternal... and to know that i will be with them after this life and throughout the eternities.
"sweet is the peace the gospel brings"