Life is never just a round of pleasure.
Life is all the things we’ve loved and lost.
Life is giving of ourselves in fullest measure
For all that’s right and counting not the cost.
Life is growing, learning, gaining by our errors;
The richness of a living that’s worthwhile.
Life is all the little things together,
Bound by deeds of love-, a handclasp and a smile.
Life is all our heartaches and our sorrows
Softened by the passing of the years;
Forgiving from the heart loved ones who often
Have caused us hours of worry-, countless tears.
Life is rich and full, and glowing with the goodness
Of all God surely meant that it should be;
Life is living with God being ever near us
Not just today but for eternity.
– Circa 1955