What I am sure of at the funeral

The choir director chose –
“Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God,”
the Karen Lafferty favorite
in an anthem version
to match the gifts of choir members
available on a weekday.

Thing is — this dear, funny woman
sought it last,
having spent eighty years
of her Sunday mornings,
so she said,
at the Church of St. Mattress.

It didn’t matter – first or last.
She found, she received
and the door was opened for her.

Laurel was, among many things,
a painter of birds,
and that brings to my mind
(because I spend a lot of time
singing … or lip syncing at least,
on my perch
above the pews)
another old familiar hymn –

but in this case, it was she
who was carefully watching sparrows,
and yet, all her life long,
I know God had an eye on her.

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4 Responses to What I am sure of at the funeral

  1. God loves all of us. Often we are slow to acknowledge that. Thank you for reminding us with your word mastery.

  2. Amy Fishburn says:

    This is lovely. Thank you.

  3. Gayle Murphy says:

    What a lovely poem which communicates what so many need to hear but the church too rarely proclaims. Thanks!

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