The Last Chapter

The story of my life is ended.
I must leave it to those nearest to me to make
the final notations.

And as they read this story of a child of God,
may they think of me in kindness and mercy,
and may my memory be of benefit to them in
this life and in the life to come.

As for me, it is indeed a sad thought to part from
those I love best, but the grief of leaving you,
my beloved ones, is dispelled with the shadows
of death before the rising sun of eternal life.

Remember me, not as one who has been with
you a few years, only to be taken away, but as
one who has gone before you and will be with
you in the resurrection of the body and the life
everlasting.

AMEN.

("The Last Chapter" is from the book - Memento
of my Confirmation- by Hagedorn published in
1936)