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Haiku Prayer

Memorial Service:  Pastoral Prayer

A Haiku Prayer in memory of Albert Dulyea Parker

Shared on July 12, 2013

First Christian Church, Bloomington, Illinois

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Spirit of Love, a

Haiku of Prayerful Caring;

Thoughts about healing

 

Held in caring arms

Dad has traveled well with us

That Journey complete

 

Memories we hold

Together we laughed and cried

A special moment

 

Life is everything

So it seems at first knowing

Then we realize

 

Mystery Divine

Captures hearts and every breath

A radiant gem

 

Spouse and friend now gone

Slipped away in slow pieces

Heartbreak at the loss

 

Feelings overwhelmed

Praying for an end to pain

Confusion to cease

 

And now stillness sits

Like a brick in brokenness

Longing sad …… and free

 

What now? as life moves

On to calling adventures

Spirit comes steady

 

Now, oh God, we pray

To let go; feel the presence

Of love freed to arms

 

Everlasting love

Alive in rich memories

Love never ending

 

God’s love for Al and

Al’s love for God and for us

To cherish sweetly

 

Ease our heavy hearts

Free our tender souls desires

To hold on tightly

 

Al’s spirit is here

God’s presence is deeply felt

New life transforms life

 

All of Al’s children

Fam’ly Rainbow Connected

Hearts full of caring

 

Hold Teresa now

Jeff and Travis also hold

Loving forever

 

More and more and more

Amen and again Amen

So be it, Amen.

The Rev. Doctor Carol P Vaccariello

Friend

 

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