A Soul Gone Before Us

"See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God's children now; it does not yet appear what we shall be, but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. And every one who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure." (1)

Dancing In Love Forevermore

She struggled free of attachments,
And emptied self in poverty;
Walked the way of obedience,
And sought Pure Love in chastity.

Now her soul, freed of this life's woes,
Is a torch of the Living Fire:
Eternally, with Love, it glows --
The flame dancing ever high'r.

She basks beneath the Trinity,
And gazes on the Holy Face:
The Lord of all Eternity,
Holds her in Love's sweetest embrace.

Dance on, sweet sister, in His Love;
Look on us from that distant shore;
Pray for us -- that we'll rise above,
To dance in Love forevermore.

She's gone before us to the light;
May her torch shine in our dark night!

(c) Paul Buis, 2000

1. 1 John 3:1-3