Thanksgiving Eve – Sung by Pauline Redmond at Thomas’ service

Pauline Redmond and her husband Jack Miller officiated Thomas’ Memorial Service. Pauline performed this song a cappella at the service. Words and music by Bob Franke.
REFRAIN: “What can you do with your days but work and hope? Let your dreams bind your work to your play. What can you do with each moment of your life, but love till you’ve loved it away? Love till you’ve loved it away.”
See Extended Entry for the verses.


Verse 1: “It’s so easy to dream of the days gone by, it’s a hard thing to think of the times to come, but the grace to accept every moment as a gift is a gift that is given to some.”
Verse 2: “There are sorrows enough for the whole world’s end, there are no guarantees but the grave, but the lives that we live and the time that we spend are a treasure too precious to save.”
Verse 3: “As it was, so it is, as it is, shall it be, and it shall be while lips that kiss have breath: many waters indeed only nuture love’s seed, and its flow’r over shadows the pow’r of death.”
PAULINE WAS DIAGNOSED WITH LUNG CANCER IN OCTOBER. PLEASE PRAY FOR PAULINE AND HER FAMILY AS THEY COPE WITH THIS SERIOUS ILLNESS.
NOTE: I remember feeling the power of this song at Thomas’ service–especially presented (so beautifully!) a cappella, but actually writing the words today I am struck even more so by the message, and the messenger.