The Sting of Death

When death comes swiftly in the night
So unexpected to our sight
When young ones die before they would
Our hearts break, and well they should

The pain is deep, the sting is real
It's all-consuming, it's all I feel
I want to move on, I want to mend
But why did this life have to end?

It's one thing if they're old and gray
They've lived their lives and had their play
But when they're fresh and young and new
With so much left in life to do

It's time likes these when all I hold 
Is to my faith of what's been told
Of life forever with those we've lost
God recompensing every loss

But still the aching here remains
Though lessened by eternal gains
What can I feed my struggling heart?
What words of wisdom can you impart?

I need not words but hands and hearts
A warm embrace is a good start
I want to cling to those I love
For fear they also sail above

God - comfort me this lonely night
Help me win this horrible fight
Send some loving friends my way
So I can make it one more day

And bless the memory of the lost
I'll cling to the past - at all cost
But lead me by the hand tomorrow
I do not wish to live in sorrow

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  1. Only you and CS Lewis have been able to put it in adequate words. Love love love it!

  2. Ben,
    I can not tell you how much WE LOVE THIS. You have such an amazing way with words. I keep a copy of this with me and have read it so many times. Thank you so much for sharing this with us. It felt like a HUGE hug when I needed it the very most.
    Cindy Adams

  3. Cindy, you are so sweet. Thanks for reading it. I'm glad it has helped you. All the best to you and your family!