"I've looked this wide world over
in My search for teachers true,
And from the throngs that crowd life's lanes
I've selected you.
Now will you give her all your love,
nor think the labor vain
Nor hate Me when I come to call
to take her back gain?
For I have not promised that it would
be for one year, seven, or fourteen.
I fancied that I heard you say,
Dear Lord, They will be done.
For all the joy Thy child shall bring,
the risk of grief I'll run.
I'll shelter her with tenderness,
I'll love her while I may
And for the happiness I've known,
forever grateful stay.
But should the angels call for her
much sooner that I planned,
I'll brave the bitter grief that comes
and try to understand."
Melanie Grace Edwards went home to be with the Lord
February 14, 1977.
I do not know who wrote the poem or for whom it was written. But I would personally like to thank Reverend Donald Price of Cathedral Christian Center for reading this at Melanie's funeral. I would also like to take the opportunity to tell Reverend Price what he meant to me and my family at the time of Melanie's death. She was my only daughter, I have three wonderful sons, but as my only daughter her death was very traumatic. Reverend Price took the time to come to our home and prayed with me and my family and he also officiated at her funeral. Many people came to me after her funeral and commented they had never been at a funeral service that was conducted as beautifully as Reverend Price conducted Melanie's. He also said at her funeral "God is too kind to be cruel, too wise to make a mistake, and he does all things well". Many times over the years those words have brought me great comfort. I hope they will bring comfort to you also.
I had lost this poem and would personally like to thank the secretary at Cathedral Christian Center for sending it to me. She not only sent it but took the time to type it on wonderful parchment paper. It was done so beatifully that it is ready to be framed. Thank you so very much for your kindness and thoughtfulness.
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"What A Friend We Have In Jesus"
"My Jesus I Love Thee"
"How Great Thou Art"
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