At A Father’s Grave

“Lord, who shall sojourn in Thy tabernacle? Who shall dwell upon Thy holy mountain? He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteously, and speaketh truth in his heart; that hath no slander upon his tongue, nor doeth evil to his fellow nor taketh on a reproach against his neighbor; in whose eyes a vile person is despised, but he honored them that feared the Lord; he that sweareth to his own hurt, and changeth not; he that not put out his money on interest, nor taketh a bribe against the innocent. He that doeth these things shall never be moved.” – Psalm XV.

In this silent grave repose the earthly remains of my best friend, my dearest benefactor appointed by God Himself to love and protect me during the tender years of my life, my dear and my beloved father. Oh, to hear thy voice again, to clasp thy hand and to look into thy fatherly eyes for strenghth and for courage and for comfort! How can I repay thee for all the devotion and loving kindness which I have received at your hands?

O Lord, show me the way and give me the will to live and to work so that I may reflect honor upon my dear father’s memory. Thus will I also glorify Thy name, for thou art the Father of the fatherless, and in Thy keeping are the souls of all our dear ones. Amen.