April 10, 2014

No Shoes in Heaven

In fond memory of Mr. Jim Flaherty
December 30, 1949 ~ April 10, 2014

there is a hole in us today
we are diminished
our nation so much smaller
than when we awoke
our beating heart is stilled
our guiding hand removed
a man of honour is no more
our nation is bereft
has lost its finest soul

oh bright sun, your glory veil
shine not on we who weep
oh clouds, obscure the sky
as we mourn our grievous loss

our loved and honoured friend
now honours brighter realms
his shoeless feet now dance
within the courts of God

At his funeral, Prime Minister Harper spoke these words:
“I don’t want you to misunderstand me, I do not grieve for Jim.
I know that for Jim, the Lord has prepared a place where he
can be free from the afflictions of recent times, and in joy.”