We lost a friend, but he found so much.
His smile, his laugh, his caring touch.
Is gone from this earth, but he is healed.
The ultimate healing has come to him.
The Fathers hands are real to him.
He will suffer no more, there will be no more pain.
His rejoicing is for sure. He had a lot to gain.
-for Phonethip Mounsithiraj
~When I heard that our friend Phonethip died this morning my heart was grieved. In spite of that grief, the Lord has given us a reason to rejoice. I first heard the following lyrics sung at my dads funeral in 1993. They ring true for Phonethip now as well.
"If you could see me now"
Our prayers have all been answered. I finally arrived.
The healing that had been delayed has now been realized.
No one's in a hurry. There's no schedule to keep.
We're all enjoying Jesus, just sitting at His feet.
Cho: If you could see me now, I'm walking streets of gold.
If you could see me now, I'm standing strong and whole.
If you could see me now, you'd know I've seen His face.
If you could see me now, you'd know the pain is erased.
You wouldn't want me to ever leave this place,
If you could only see me now.
My light and temporary trials have worked out for my good,
To know it brought Him glory when I misunderstood.
Though we've had our sorrows, they can never compare.
What Jesus has in store for us, no language can share. (Chorus twice)