GIVEN BY BARBARA LARKIN (DAUGHTER) MONDAY, JUNE 5, 2000 IN MEMORY OF ANN BARBARA TAMASY REED (MOTHER) [October 9, 1912 -- June 2, 2000]
Good morning. We are gathered here today to pay our respects and to honor the memory of my mother, Ann Barbara Tamasy Reed, who made the transition from the physical to the spiritual on June 2, 2000.
Before I begin, I would like everyone to close your eyes and reflect upon whatever your own concept of God means to you, while I offer an opening prayer.
Our Father/Mother God, please radiate your light and your unconditional love to all who are gathered here today in person and in spirit. Encompass this room with your healing energy and help us to find the strength we will need to carry us through this difficult time in our grieving as we mourn the loss of our loved one, Ann Reed. I pray that you will radiate to Ann's soul the enlightenment that will help her make an easy transition through the door you have opened for her for the next stage of her soul's progression. Please give those of us who grieve for her today, the strength to encourage her to go forward to the light. Thank you for your blessings and your love… Amen.
One of my mother's favorite quotes from the Bible was the 23rd Psalm. I would like to read it at this time.
"The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me, they rod and thy staff they comfort me.