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When A Member Of A Family
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By Gary James Smith
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When A Member Of A Family  


When a member of a family

 Is finally laid to rest 

We have our grieving moments 

Of when we saw them at their best

 The many times of laughter

 And of the sorrow in their lives

 A collection of those memories 

Are our treasures realized  


But death is not the final end

 For we know of a better way

 When we'll be united with loved ones forever

 In the land that's fairer than day

 Death is but an instant transition

 For because of the Resurrection

 We'll trade these worn out bodies in 

For one of glorified perfection  


The eyes of faith can see beyond

 What we just now can see 

And in that blessed hope rejoice 

Of the thought of eternity 

When gathered around the throne of grace

In a family reunion fashion

 With no more remembrance of former things

 It's just like death never happened!


 So grieve I will with gratitude

 Of those memories with a loved one here

 But there's a deep rejoicing in my heart

 That I'll be seeing them over there

 So thank you heavenly Father for 

This special memorable time 

Your love has triggered once again

 This walk down memory's lane! 


Hallelujah what a Saviour!


 Copyright November 18 2019 6:01 PM


 Gary James Smith

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Submitted: Monday, November 18, 2019

Last Updated: Tuesday, November 19, 2019

About the Poet
I came to know the Lord as my personal Saviour in January of 1972. I was married on Oct 21,1966 to my wife Linda who also loves the Lord. We have ten children and now twenty-four grand children. In Aug 2012 we got the announcement of the birth of our first GREAT grand child (a baby girl). I was thrilled to find others of like precious faith and belief in Jesus Christ. Hallelujah! What a Savior! I am presently living in Champion, Alberta, Canada but we are originally from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada. That is where the poem Canadian Tribute to America was birthed. One Sunday as I walked across the city on my way to church I came to the top of a hill and looked across at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. After watching the events of the Sept 11 tragedy it was weighing on my heart and mind and the Lord gave me these words. We came to Calgary and when my oldest daughter saw this poem she said, �Dad, what�s this?� and I said a poem and she replied �Dad, that�s not a poem , that�s a song� and she then went to the piano and began to sing and play it. The result of which turned into a song entitled, A Canadian Tribute to America which she recorded on CD. garyjamessmith2005@yahoo.ca

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