Popular Verses

After Glow 

I’d like the memory of me

to be a happy one,

I’d like to leave an afterglow

Of smiles when day is done.

I’d like to leave an echo

whispering softly down the ways,

of happy times and laughing times

and bright and sunny days.

I’d like the tears of those who grieve

to dry before the sun,

of happy memories that I leave behind

when day is done.

God looked around His garden

And found an empty place.

Then He looked down upon the earth

And saw your tired face.

He put His arms around you

And lifted you to rest.

God’s garden must be beautiful

For He always takes the best.

He saw the road was getting rough

And the hills were hard to climb,

So He closed your weary eyelids

 And whispered, “Peace be thine.”

It broke our hearts to lose you

But you did not go alone,

For a part of us went with you

The day God called you home.

Come to Me

God saw you getting tired,

And a cure was not to be.

So he put his arms around you,

And whispered, “Come to me.”

With tearful eyes we watched you,

And saw you pass away.

Although we loved you dearly,

We could not make you stay. 

A golden heart stopped beating,

Hard working hands put to rest.

God broke our hearts

But said to us,

“It is time for him/her to rest.”

When I’m Gone 

When I come to the end of my journey

And I travel my last weary mile,

Just forget if you can, that I ever frowned

And remember only the smile.

Forget unkind words I have spoken;

Remember some good I have done.

Forget that I ever had a heartache

And remember I’ve had loads of fun.

Forget that I have stumbled and blundered

And sometimes fell by the way.

Remember I have fought some hard battles,

And won, ere the close of the day,

Then forget to grieve for my going,

I would not have you sad for a day,

But in summer just gather some flowers

And remember the place where I lay,

And come in the evening

When the sun paints the sky in the west

Stand for a few moments beside me

And remember only my best.

Some People Make  A Difference

Some people make a difference

just by being who they are.

Their inner light shines bright

and touches lives

   both near and far,

and even when they are gone,

they still forever play a part.

Some people make a difference

by touching other’s hearts.

Time for me to leave you, I won't say goodbye;
Look for me in rainbows, high up in the sky.
In the evening sunset, when all the world is through,
Just look for me and love me, and I'll be close to you.

-Conn Bernard

"If ever there is tomorrow when we're not together.. there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we're apart.. I'll always be with you."

-Christopher Robin (A.A. Milne)

Working Hands

These hands ain’t the hands of a gentleman.

These hands are calloused and old.

These hands raised a family;

These hands raised a home.

These hands won the heart of my loved one,

And with Hers, they were never alone.

If these hands filled their task,

Then what more could one ask,

For these fingers have worked to the bone. 

Now please don’t judge me

By what you’d like me to be,

For my life ain’t been

What others call success,

But, still they grieve.

While these hands brought me happiness.

Now I’m tired and I’m old,

and I ain’t got much gold.

Maybe things ain’t been all that I planned

God above, hear my plea,

When it’s time to judge me,

Take a look at these hard-working hands.

These hands.

The Broken Chain

We little knew that morning

God was going to call your name.

In life we loved you dearly,

In death we do the same.

It broke our hearts to lose you,

You did not go alone;

For part of us went with you

The day God called you home. 

You left us peaceful memories,

Your love is still our guide,

And though we cannot see you,

You are always by our side. 

Our family chain is broken

And nothing seems the same,

But as God calls us one by one,

The chain will link again.

HOPI PRAYER of The Soul's Graduation:

Do not stand at my grave and weep

I am not there,

I do not sleep.

I am a thousand winds that blow.

I am the diamond glints on snow.

I am the sunlight

On the ripened grain.

I am the gentle Autumn's rain.

When you awaken in the morning hush,

I am the swift uplifting rush

of quiet birds in circled flight.

I am the soft stars that shine at night.

Do not stand at my grave and cry.

I am not there.

I did not die.

My Spirit is still alive…

Bible verses and prayers

Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi 

Make me an instrument of your peace;

where there is hatred, let me sow love;

where there is injury, pardon;

where there is doubt, faith;

where there is despair, hope;

where there is darkness, light;

and where there is sadness, joy.

O heavenly Father, grant that I may not

so much seek to be consoled as to console;

to be understood, as to understand;

to be loved, as to love;

for it is in giving that we receive,

it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,

and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

The Lord's Prayer

Our Father, Who art in Heaven, 

hallowed be Thy name; 

Thy Kingdom come, 

Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread; 

and forgive us our trespasses 

as we forgive those who trespass against us;

and lead us not into temptation, 

but deliver us from evil.

Hail Mary, full of grace,

The Lord is with thee.

Blessed art thou among women

and blessed is the fruit of thy womb; Jesus.

Holy Mary, Mother of God,

pray for us sinners now

and at the hour of death.

Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8

To every thing there is a season,

and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

A time to be born, a time to die;

a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;

A time to kill, and a time to heal;

a time to break down, and a time to build up;

A time to weep, and a time to laugh;

a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;

a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

A time to get, and a time to lose;

a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

A time to rend, and a time to sew;

a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

A time to love, and a time to hate;

A time of war, and a time of peace.


Remember O most gracious Virgin

Mary that never was it known that

anyone who fled to Thy protection,

implored Thy help, and sought Thy

intercession was left unaided.

Inspired with this confidence,

I fly unto Thee, O Virgin of virgins,

my Mother! To Thee I come,

before Thee I stand, sinful and

sorrowful. Oh Mother of the Word

incarnate despise not my

petitions, but in Thy mercy hear

and answer me.


Psalm 23 (traditional version) 

The Lord is my shepherd;

I shall not want.

He maketh me to lie down

in green pastures:

he leadeth me beside still waters.

He restoreth my soul:

he leadeth me in the paths of

righteousness for His name’s sake.

Yea, though I walk through

the valley of the shadow of death,

I will fear no evil:

for thou art with me;

thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

Thou preparest a table before me

in the presence of mine enemies:

thou anointest my head with oil;

my cup runneth over.

Surely goodness and mercy

shall follow me all the days of my life:

and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

Psalm 23 (new version)

The Lord is my shepherd,

I shall not want.

He makes me lie down

in green pastures;

He leads me beside quiet waters.

He restores my soul;

He guides me in the paths of

righteousness for his names sake.

Even though I walk through

the valley of the shadow of death,

I fear no evil, for You are with me;

Your rod and Your staff,

they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me

in the presence of my enemies;

You anointed my head with oil;

My cup overflows.

Surely goodness and mercy

will follow me all the days of my life,

and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

Glory be 

to The Father,

and to The Son,

and to The Holy Spirit. 

As it was in the beginning,

is now,

and ever shall be,

world without end.


Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of mercy; 

hail our life, our sweetness and our hope.

To Thee do we cry, poor banished

children of Eve; to Thee do we send

up our sighs, mourning and weeping

in this valley of tears. Turn then, most

gracious Advocate, thine eyes of mercy

towards us; and after this our exile

show unto us the blessed fruit of

thy womb, Jesus; O clement, O loving,

O sweet Virgin Mary. 

Pray for us, O holy Mother of God

That we may be worthy of the

promises of Christ.

Psalm 121

I will lift mine eyes unto the hills,

from whence cometh my help.

My help cometh from the Lord,

which made Heaven and earth.

The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil;

He shall preserve thy soul.

The Lord shall preserve thy going out

and thy coming in from this time forth,

and even for evermore

John 14:1-7

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. 

You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms;  if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?

And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.  You know the way to the place where I am going.”


One night I dreamed a dream.

As I was walking along the beach with my Lord.

Across the dark sky flashed scenes from my life.

For each scene, I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand,

One belonging to me and one to my Lord.

After the last scene of my life flashed before me,

I looked back at the footprints in the sand.

I noticed that at many times along the path of my life,

especially at the very lowest and saddest times,

there was only one set of footprints.

This really troubled me, 

so I asked the Lord about it.

"Lord, you said once I decided to follow you,

You'd walk with me all the way.

But I noticed that during the saddest and most troublesome times of my life,

there was only one set of footprints.

I don't understand why, when I needed You the most, You would leave me."

He whispered, "My precious child, I love you and will never leave you

Never, ever, during your trials and testings.

When you saw only one set of footprints,

It was then that I carried you."

Serenity Prayer

God grant me the serenity to accept

the things I cannot change, 

courage to change the things I can 

and wisdom to know the difference. 

Living one day at a time, 

enjoying one moment at a time; 

accepting hardship as a pathway to peace. 

Taking, as Jesus did, this sinful world as it is, 

not as I would have it. 

Trusting that You will make all things right if I surrender to Your will; 

so that I may be reasonably happy in

this life and supremely happy with

You forever in the next.


Career verses

Fisherman’s Poem

I've finished life's chores assigned to me,

So put me on a boat headed out to sea.

Please send along my fishing pole

For I've been invited to the fishin' hole.

Where every day is a day to fish,

To fill your heart with every wish.

Don't worry, or feel sad for me,

I'm fishin' with the Master of the sea.

We will miss each other for awhile,

But you will come and bring your smile.

That won't be long you will see,

Till we're together you and me.

To all of those that think of me,

Be happy as I go out to sea.

If others wonder why I'm missin'

Just tell 'em I've gone fishin'

-Delmar Pepper

She Was There 

When a calming, quiet presence was all that was needed, She was there.

In the excitement and miracle of birth or in the mystery and loss of life, She was there.

When a silent glance could uplift a patient, family member, or friend, She was there.

At those times when the unexplainable needed to be explained, She was there.

When the situation demanded a swift foot and sharp mind, She was there.

When a gentle touch, a firm push, or an encouraging word was needed, She was there.

In choosing the best one from a family's “Thank You” box of chocolates, She was there.

To witness humanity,—its beauty, in good times and bad, without judgment, She was there.

To embrace the woes of the world, willingly, and offer hope, She was there.

And now, that it is time to be at the Greater One's side, She is there.

-Duane Jaeger, RN, MSN


Rest now my fallen brother

Lay soft your suffering back

Rest well and forever

Your memory shall not lack

Rest your tired hands

Wipe clean your weary brow

Rest with St. Florian

Your spirit now endowed

Rest here your breaking heart

We know you gave your all

Rest easy, you’ve done your part

You’ve answered your last call

Rest knowing that in god we sought

Oh lord, watch over another who just fell

Rest assured your troubled thought

As we ring the final bell.

-R. Hoffman, SSgt. USAF/MOANG, Firefighter, Rosecrans Airport, St. Joseph, Missouri


Day is done, gone the sun

From the lake, from the hill

From the sky.

All is well, safely rest.

God is nigh.

Thanks and praise, for our days,

’Neath the sun, ‘neath the stars,

’Neath the sky.

As we go, this we know,

God is nigh.


A Hero Is…

One Who Never Hesitates

To Tackle The Most Difficult Problems..

One Who Is Always By Your Side..

One Who Knows Right From Wrong..

One Who Acts With Pride..

A Hero Touches Every One Of Us,

Whether It Be Word Or Deed..

Always Tending To Those

Who Find Themselves In Need..

When A Hero Leaves This Earth,

Yes, It's Sad, But True..

All Too Many Times,

The Hero Is Dressed In Blue.

-Eric DeRenzis

A Fireman’s Prayer

When I am called to duty, God,

wherever flames may rage.

Give me strength to save some life

whatever be it’s age.

Help me to embrace a child

before it is too late,

or save an older person

from the horror of that fate.

Enable me to be alert and hear

the weakest shout

And quickly and efficiently to

put the fire out.

I want to fill my calling and

to give the best in me.

To guard my every neighbor and

protect his property.

And if according to my fate,

I am to lose my life,

Please bless with your protecting

hand my children and wife.

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