A Prayer of Praise and
Sam McFarland Funeral Service
Jan Galvin's father's (Joel L. Aldridge)
prayer for Sam at the Austin Memorial Service
God of all Creation
Past, present, yet to
Whose holy sovereign will,
Unseen incomprehensible, yet always
Covers, like the shadow of Your almighty hand,
All we who live,
love, laugh, weep, and mourn
This day on earth and sea and sky.
Given minds to ask whither and why,
that hunger mightily for love,
And power of will to do our best or
We ponder, Lord, the mystery of many things.
Why were we born, as we, and when, and
Why others have too much, others little or none:
Why some are
gifted, others with talents muted given,
Why many are our wounds along the
And how we can bear to face another day?
Still and all, dear Lord, we believe in
That whether short or long
Our days be given,
We number them not,
nor fully understand.
Yet we stand in awe
Of each Life's gift to the
The sweetnes of the union of the two, made one,
And the strength
of Love's circle whole.
O Lord, help us to kneel and give
For the beautiful mystery of life,
For all our days
Racing, climbing, singing
And in prayer,
Thank you, Lord, for all that Sam has
Top each of us
A quite example of
Courtesy, grace, good
Character, Faith, and thoughfulness
And his clear beautuful
To sing Your praise,
In the memory of our
Who have loved him so.
May God be Praised.