A Word of Goodbye

Gary-Chapman
GARY ROLAND CHAPMAN
March 29, 1940 – August 8, 2018

I am flying to Toronto very early this morning to say a formal goodbye to my Gary. Though not family by birth he was a close to me as only family by choice could be. And like family he was loving, aggravating, giving, caring, selfish, argumentative, comforting, a whole mess of contradictions, and I loved him with all my heart.

One thing that most people did not know about him was that he was a Christian believer with a strong faith. In that spirit in his memory I’m posting the comforting assurances of the Kontakion of the Departed.

Give rest, O Christ, to thy servant with thy saints:
where sorrow and pain are no more;
neither sighing but life everlasting.
Thou only art immortal, the creator and maker of man:
and we are mortal formed from the dust of the earth,
and unto earth shall we return:
for so thou didst ordain,
when thou created me saying:
“Dust thou art und unto dust shalt thou return.”
All we go down to the dust;
and weeping o’er the grave we make our song:
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

Give him rest where sorrow and pain are no more, and there is neither sighing but life everlasting. Alleluia.

On this day in 1642: England’s Parliament bans public stage-plays.

Author: Willym

A senior with the heart of a young'un

4 thoughts on “A Word of Goodbye”

  1. One of the bad things as we get older is saying farewell to so many whom we have known and loved. It’s another reminder of where we likewise will be going.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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