A MESSAGE FROM THE GIPPER
The long journey now has ended,
Yes, the Lord has called me home.
But my dear beloved Nancy,
You will never be alone.
For I will walk beside you,
The way you walked with me.
You will feel my presence with you,
Just the way it used to be.
For all the things that broke your heart
As you watched my memory fade,
God fixed, in but a moment,
Kept the promises He made:
That in Heaven, "Old is New,"
"Sick are well forevermore,"
"Failing minds and tiring bodies,"
"Are made whole, I will restore."
The road we traveled hand in hand,
Took a long and painful bend,
We had no way of knowing,
When this trip would finally end.
I know the days were lonely,
As you sat quiet by my side,
This journey to an unknown land,
Truly was, "A Long Good- by."
America I thank you,
For the great stage that you gave me,
To enjoy life's awesome ride,
Where the World became my audience,
With Nancy at my side.
I auditioned for The President,
Got the part -answered the call.
It was my finest hour on stage,
The greatest, "Gig," of all.
I had some, not so funny lines,
The most impressive I recall,
Were those four words to Gorbachev,
"Tear down this wall."
Keep your faith in God, America,
Keep standing, straight and strong.
As I told you in my last, "Farewell,"
"There will be a brighter dawn."
As the world takes pause to ponder,
Midst turmoil and unrest,
The Director's cast is being filled,
He chooses just the best.
Here on God's great set in Heaven,
I can hear the angels sing,
That great old hymn, "Amazing Grace,"
The final scene will soon begin.
As I watched the credits rolling,
At the ending of the film,
I saw again how truly blessed,
My life on Earth had been.
I see green pastures in the distance,
And my horse is waiting there,
With a golden saddle shining,
And my favorite hat to wear.