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        Blessed is the person


Pastor William H Griffith was called to the hospice unit to offer a prayer with a Navajo family whose ninety-seven-year-old mother had just died.

An adult daughter said, "Here is a poem that tells you exactly how we feel about our mother. I'd like you to read it for all of us."

Pastor Griffith took the sheet of paper and read:


Blessed is the mother who follows the Lord,

so her children can learn and can grow.

The unselfish mother who holds on with love,

Yet knows when it's time to let go.


Blessed is the mother who's patient, forgiving,

The one who cannot bear a grudge,

The one who accepts people just as they are

Without stopping to question or judge.


Blessed is the mother whose faith keeps her going

Through trials and traumas and cares,

Who handles the easy with wisdom and love

And the not-quite-so easy with prayers.


Blessed is the mother who meets all your needs

From the very first day of your birth,

Blessed is the mother, who shares so much love,

For she's God's special angel on earth.



     What a wonderful tribute to the mother. It is such a pity that this is vocalized when the person is dead. All of us want to be affirmed like this while we are still able to hear it as it fortifies us who hear it.


The poem reminds us of what it means to put into practice what 1 John 4:7, 11 says: “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.  . . . Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.”  (NKJV)


What a special angel we all can be on earth!



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