An old man, going a lone highway,
Came, at the evening, cold and gray,
To a chasm, vast, and deep, and wide
Through which was flowing a sullen tide.
The old man crossed in the twilight
The sullen stream had no fears for him.
But he turned, when safe on the other side,
And built a bridge to span the tide
"Old man," said a fellow
"You are wasting strength with building here;
Your journey will end with the evening day,
You never again must pass this way.
You have crossed the chasm, deep
Why build you this bridge at the eventide?"
The builder lifted his old gray head.
"Good friend, in the path I have come," he said
"There follows after me today
A youth, whose feet must pass this way.
This chasm, that has been naught to me,
To that fair haired youth may a pitfall be.
He, to must cross in to the twilight
Good friend, I am building this bridge for him."
TO ALL THOSE WHO LABOR
(wherever you are)
HAPPY LABOR DAY
Let's celebrate the labor
That built up this great land
From field to field to desk to desk
They built it hand in hand
Thank you, carpenters
Thank you, welders
Thank you, workers all!
Thank you, farmers
Thank you, machinists
For contributions great and small.
On September 4th, let's remember
The sweat and elbow grease
That gave us all of our comforts
Our gratitude shall never cease
Thank you, cleaners
Thank you, counselors
Thank you, workers all!
Thank you, protectors
Thank you, processors
Without you, surely we'd fall!
Don't let us forget the workers
Who for us labor each day
Building our houses, stores and steeples
Let us be grateful when we pray
Thank you, nurses
Thank you, doctors
Thank you, workers all!
Thank you, teachers
Thank you, artists
You've done well, so proudly stand tall!
THANK YOU WORKERS
A CHILDS LETTER
Snowflakes softly falling
Upon your window they play
Your blankets snug around you,
Into sleep you drift away.
I bend to gently kiss you,
when I see that on the floor
there's a letter, neatly written
I wonder who it's for.
I quietly unfold it
making sure you're still asleep,
It's a Christmas list for Santa
one my heart will always keep.
It started just as always
with the toys seen on TV,
A new watch for your father
and a winter coat for me.
But as my eyes read on
I could see that deep inside
there were many things you wished for
that your loving heart would hide.
You asked if your friend Molly
could have another Dad;
It seems her father hits her
and it makes you very sad.
Then you asked dear Santa
if the neighbors down the street
Could find a job, that he might have
some food, and clothes, and heat.
You saw a family on the news
whose house had blown away,
"Dear Santa, send them just one thing,
a place where they can stay."
"And Santa, those four cookies
I left you for a treat,
Could you take them to the children
who have nothing else to eat."
"Do you know that little bear
the one I love so dear?
I'm leaving it for you to take
to Africa this year".
"And as you fly your reindeer
on this night of Jesus' birth,
Could your magic bring to everyone
goodwill and peace on earth".
"There's one last thing before
so grateful I would be,
If you'd smile at Baby Jesus
in the manger by our tree."
I pulled the letter close to me
I felt it melt my heart.
Those tiny hands had written
what no other could impart.
"And a little child shall lead
was whispered in my ear
As I watched you sleep on Christmas Eve
while Santa Claus was here.
IF TOMORROW STARTS WITHOUT ME
When tomorrow starts without me
And I'm not there to see,
If the sun should rise and find your eyes
All filled with tears for me;
I wish so much you wouldn't cry
The way you did today,
While thinking of the many things,
We didn't get to say.
I know how much you love me,
As much as I love you,
And each time that you think of me,
I know you'll miss me too;
But when tomorrow starts without
Please try to understand,
That an angel came and called my name,
And took me by the hand,
And said my place was ready,
In heaven far above,
And that I'd have to leave behind
All those I dearly love.
But as I turned to walk away,
A tear fell from my eye
For all my life, I'd always thought,
I didn't want to die.
I had so much to live for,
So much left yet to do,
It seemed almost impossible,
That I was leaving you.
I thought of all the yesterdays,
The good ones and the bad,
I thought of all the love we shared,
And all the fun we had.
If I could relive yesterday,
Just even for a while,
I'd say good-bye and kiss you
And maybe see you smile.
But then I fully realized,
That this could never be,
For emptiness and memories,
Would take the place of me.
And when I thought of worldly things,
I might miss come tomorrow,
I thought of you, and when I did,
My heart was filled with sorrow.
But when I walked through heaven's
I felt so much at home.
When God looked down and smiled at me,
From His great golden throne,
He said, "This is eternity,
And all I've promised you."
Today your life on earth is past,
But here life starts anew.
I promise no tomorrow,
But today will always last,
And since each day's the same way
There's no longing for the past.
You have been so faithful,
So trusting and so true.
Though there were times
You did some things
You knew you shouldn't do.
But you have been forgiven
And now at last you're free.
So won't you come and take my hand
And share my life with me.
So when tomorrow starts without
Don't think we're far apart,
For every time you think of me,
I'm right here, in your heart.
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