A Parting Prayer

Dear Lord, please open your gates
and call St. Francis
to escort this beloved companion
across the Rainbow Bridge.

Assign her to a place of honor,
for she has been a faithful servant
and has always done her best to please me.

Bless the hands that send her to you,
for they are doing so in love and compassion,
freeing her from pain and suffering.

Grant me the strength to not dwell on my loss.
Help me remember the details of her life
with the love she has shown me.
Grant me the courage to honor her
by sharing those memories with others.

Let her remember me as well.
Let her know that I will always love her.
And when it is my time to pass over into your paradise,
please allow her to accompany those
who will bring me home.

Thank you, Lord,
for the gift of her companionship
and for the time we have had together.

And thank you, Lord,
for granting me the strength
to give her to you now.

Kim Crenshaw, 1998, for Brandy