by Rick Brentlinger
(Pace, FL, USA)

Johannis Church Cemetery<br>Nuremberg, Germany

Johannis Church Cemetery
Nuremberg, Germany

"And now, dear brothers and sisters,
we want you to know what will
happen to the believers who have
died so you will not grieve
like people who have no hope."

1 Thessalonians 4:13, NLT

You spoke to me with kindness,
And let me know you cared;
Your heart in conversation
To scrutiny you bared.

You saw my admiration
Reflected in my gaze;
And basked in that reflection
For many glorious days.

We covered every subject,
Delighted to be heard;
The hours flew by like magic,
We savored every word.

We built a loving friendship,
Which soon grew into more;
Until the slightest thought of you
Would make my spirit soar.

Our lives so intermingled,
Threads tangled as a skein;
Together seemed omnipotent,
Our troubles could disdain.

Then suddenly you left me,
Death claimed you for his own;
I could not bear the parting,
Could not go on alone.

The sunshine lost it's sparkle,
The mirth forsook my soul;
Without you always by my side,
I could no more be whole.

I cannot see a sunset
Or read a sonnet through;
Without an aching loneliness
To share the joy with you.

And though long years of time have passed,
And still the world goes on;
The joy for me all disappeared,
The moment you were gone.

"For since we believe that Jesus died
and was raised to life again, we also
believe that when Jesus returns,
God will bring back with him
the believers who have died."
1 Thessalonians 4:14, NLT

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Graveyard photo by Keichwa;
Johannis Church Cemetery, Nuremberg,
courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

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