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Giving Thanks For My Friends! 
29th-Nov-2007 08:16 pm
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Today I was at a funeral - a lovely gentleman who was a member of my orchestra until very recently.  He died at the age of 86 and his funeral was this morning.

It was a lovely day - and nice to be able to remember such a gracious man - and to support his family.

We sang 2 hymns at the service; and one of the verses of one of them reminded me of something that an American friend pointed out years ago -

The sun that bids us rest is waking
Our brethren ’neath the western sky,

It is part of one of the verses ... The whole hymn is under the cut if you want to read it.  It talks about the fact that throughout the earth there are always people praying.

However it made me realise that since I have become involved in LJ I now have friends around the world.  Whatever time I post this there will be some of you awake.  Whatever time I am awake there will be some of you posting something for me to read.

So as I said Goodbye to Gerry this morning I was able to add a huge Thank You to my great f-list ... Hi!!

The Day Thou Gavest Lord Is Ended Hymn

The day Thou gavest, Lord, is ended,
The darkness falls at Thy behest;
To Thee our morning hymns ascended,
Thy praise shall sanctify our rest.

We thank Thee that Thy church, unsleeping,
While earth rolls onward into light,
Through all the world her watch is keeping,
And rests not now by day or night.

As o’er each continent and island
The dawn leads on another day,
The voice of prayer is never silent,
Nor dies the strain of praise away.

The sun that bids us rest is waking
Our brethren ’neath the western sky,
And hour by hour fresh lips are making
Thy wondrous doings heard on high.

So be it, Lord; Thy throne shall never,
Like earth’s proud empires, pass away:
Thy kingdom stands, and grows forever,
Till all Thy creatures own Thy sway.

Words by John Ellerton, 1870

29th-Nov-2007 08:35 pm (UTC)
Aww I'm sorry about Gerry.
And I'll always be your friend from New York :D
(Maybe not the only one...but one of them)
29th-Nov-2007 08:38 pm (UTC)
Thank You - great to know friends are around - Thank you ... new York ... a great place!
29th-Nov-2007 08:45 pm (UTC)
So sorry to hear about your friend ((hugs))
29th-Nov-2007 08:55 pm (UTC)
Thank you - he was such an inspiration - still playing his violin only a few months ago. Hope that I "keep my marbles" like he did - It was an honour to have known him
29th-Nov-2007 08:50 pm (UTC)
So sorry to hear about the loss of your friend. *hugs*

It's a comforting thought to know that there are people from all over the world thinking of you. My flist have been such a support to me. :)
29th-Nov-2007 08:56 pm (UTC)
Thank you - yes - it was just amazing as I sang that (for me a well known) hymn - it was lovely to realise how many friends I now have around the worl - genuine people, who mean a lot to me.

btw - Love your new seasonal icon!
29th-Nov-2007 08:51 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry for the loss of this friend. ::hugs::

Whatever time I post this there will be some of you awake. Whatever time I am awake there will be some of you posting something for me to read. When we think of it , it's pretty wonderful , isn't it ? I like this about livejournal, too!

I'm thankful as well.:)
29th-Nov-2007 08:58 pm (UTC)
Yes - it is nice to take time to remember and to be thankful ... I have some great friends out there who have come to mean a lot to me over this last year.
29th-Nov-2007 09:49 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry to hear about your friend. (((hugs)))

Live Journal
amazing. I've only been on here for a short time and I've already met so many lovely and compassionate people, you being one of them. :-)
30th-Nov-2007 08:43 am (UTC)
Thanks -

Yes- I have so many people I can call a friend through LJ - it was great to be reminded of this and to be able to say Thank You to you all.

Hugs you back
29th-Nov-2007 10:52 pm (UTC)
Sorry to hear about the loss of your friend *hugs*

Thanks for sharing that beautiful hymn.
30th-Nov-2007 08:44 am (UTC)
Thank you -

The hymn does have lovely words - especially now I have such a world-wide set of friends
30th-Nov-2007 12:46 am (UTC)
I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. At least there was some comfort found in the lovely service though. ((((hugs)))
30th-Nov-2007 08:44 am (UTC)
Yes - it is nice to be able to say "Goodbye" properly and remember the good times, isn't it
30th-Nov-2007 03:46 am (UTC)
I am sorry to hear this but I'm glad you got a chance to enjoy his company when he was here :-)
::big hugs::
30th-Nov-2007 08:48 am (UTC)
Thank you - yes, that is the "good" thing about a funeral - it makes you remember the good times, as well as the loss ... He was an amzing man
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30th-Nov-2007 08:50 am (UTC)
I will admit - you were one of the people that I thought of when I startde realising that I had gained a number of great friends over this last year - Thank You

Yes - It was great that Gerry was still able to play the violin for so long - music was a big part of his life

Edited at 2007-11-30 08:50 am (UTC)
30th-Nov-2007 10:38 am (UTC)
Sorry to hear about your friend, I hope he is at a better place now :) And your thoughts on the subject, very nice and true :) *hugs*
30th-Nov-2007 01:25 pm (UTC)
Thank you ... and Thank you!

Yes, I realised how lucky I am to have friends around the world now - Hugs
30th-Nov-2007 09:30 pm (UTC)
It's impressive, the hymn is so old and still true.
Sorry about your friend.
*hugs from Germany*
1st-Dec-2007 01:59 pm (UTC)
Thank you - and thank you for being a friend
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