I saw him lay still on the bed.
My thoughts were overcome with dread.
“It won’t be long,” the doctor said.
“I’m sure he’s near the end.”
In disbelief I stopped to stare,
“That can’t be Grandpa lying there.”
It was more than I could bear,
His fate seemed to impend.
As I approached him, moved to tears,
I struggled to contain my fears.
Reflections of our precious years,
In scenes my mind would blend.
I cried out to God to complain,
“How dare you cause me so much pain?
I feel my soul has just been slain.
More time I want to spend.”
He looked at me and gently said
“You still have your whole life ahead.
Don’t dwell on me here in this bed,
Your thoughts you should amend.
“I leave here now with no regret,
For Jesus paid my final debt.”
His words I will not soon forget,
“I hope you comprehend.”
“I don’t know why you have to go.
It’s just not fair, it hurts me so.”
I turned so my tears wouldn’t show,
“Your body, God must mend.”
“Time will soon reduce your grief,
But please stay strong in your belief.
For Satan springs up like a thief
With thoughts hard to defend”
“I still do not believe it’s fair.”
I waved my arms up in the air,
“I don’t think He can really care.
It must be just pretend.”
“That’s part of the devil’s bait,
Turning despair into hate.”
He seemed in such a serene state,
His spirit wouldn’t bend.
“But Grandpa, I just feel so sad.
I think of all the times we’ve had.
To know you’re leaving makes me mad
You’ve been like my best friend
"An answer is what I demand.
Is this what our Lord has planned?
Please help me to understand,
I hope I don’t offend.”
“To reach my time with no more pain,
Where tears won’t cause my cheeks to stain,”
He continued to explain,
“This mortal life must end.”
Then he calmly turned away.
“I love you,” was all I could say.
As softly he began to pray
His spirit would ascend.
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