This past Friday, October 20th, I drove back down to Virginia to attend Matt's funeral. I won't go into the details of the service itself only to say it was beautiful and heart-wrenching and I was thankful I could be there for the people that were closest and most important to Matt. The most touching and, in my opinion, perfectly articulated portion of the funeral was the poem read by Matt's sister Elizabeth to close out the service. Thank you to both families for allowing me to be a part of this day. It is something I will never forget, and it will fuel me through the long days to come.
I'm Free (Author Unknown)
Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free
I'm following the path God laid for me.
I took His hand when I heard Him call,
I turned my back and left it all.
I could not stay another day,
To laugh, to love, to work or play.
Tasks left undone must stay that way,
I found that place at the close of day.
If my parting has left a void,
Then fill it with remembered joy.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss,
Ah yes, these things, I too, will miss.
Be not burdened with times of sorrow,
I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life's been full, I savored much,
Good friends, good times, a loved one's touch.
Perhaps my time seemed all too brief,
Don't lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your heart and share with me,
God wanted me now, He set me free.