In Memory of Jon

Jon and his eldest son Jon Jr.

I would like to dedicate this poem in memory of our dear friend, Jon O.  Jon served his country proudly for many years in the United States Marine Corps. The above picture is of Jon and his son Jon Jr.  Jon definitely loved his country, but most importantly, he loved his God.  After fighting a courageous battle against cancer, Jon went to be with the Lord in March of 2006.  We love you and miss you, Jon.  In dying, you have given us one more precious reason to want to go to Heaven.

Now The Laborer's Task Is O'er

Now the laborer's task is o'er;

Now the battle day is past;

Now upon the farther shore

Lands the voyager at last.

Father, in thy gracious keeping

Leave we now thy servant sleeping.

There the tears of earth are dried;

There its hidden things are clear;

There the work of life is tried

By a juster Judge than here.

Father, in thy gracious keeping

Leave we now thy servant sleeping.

There the penitents, that turn

To the cross their dying eyes,

All the love of Jesus learn

At his feet in Paradise.

Father, in thy gracious keeping

Leave we now thy servant sleeping.

There no more the powers of hell

Can prevail to mar their peace;

Christ the Lord shall guard them well,

He who died for their release.

Father, in thy gracious keeping

Leave we now thy servant sleeping.

"Earth to earth, and dust to dust,"

Calmly now the words we say,

Left behind, we wait in trust

For the resurrection day.

Father, in thy gracious keeping

Leave we now thy servant sleeping.

John Lodge Ellerton

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4 thoughts on “In Memory of Jon

  1. Bereans and Helen, thank you for your prayers for Jon’s family.

    Helen, I am honored that you would add me to your blogroll. I’m still trying to figure blogrolls out. I know I have one, but for some reason it does not show up on my page. ?????

  2. One thing at a time, Carol. I can’t post pictures yet, although it seems most of the world can. Blogging is fun, but there is life beyond the web. So blogroll or no, “don’t sweat the samll stuff.”

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