Now is the coda of our time
with those we value most on earth,
may we fulfil our finite role
and love confirm our deepest worth.
This chorus that we joined at birth:
life’s gentle, joyful, solemn song,
expresses all that life contains
of gifted good to chosen wrong.
Then, as we sense that life will end,
the closing bars should speak of joy,
uplifted by our faith and hope
let us enhance, and not destroy.
So let the melody go on,
until we grasp our final breath,
as healing interweaves such love:
God’s counterpoint to human death.
Andrew Pratt 5/5/2020
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