To the Family and Loved ones of Mr. Cornelius: You have my deepest sympathy in the loss of your loved one. When all is said and done, he too is a child of the King of Kings and has only gone home to the Father. No one knows what burdens and pain he held, only our Father God. Mr. Cornelius' life was a testimony to many and gave many hope in the time when there wasn't much hope. As a baby-boomer, I loved watching his show, a show in which I could relate to the people. We are all just passing thru, trying to get home to the Lord. I have added a poem that I wrote for my mother's cousin (surname Perry) on her passing and it was also read at my mother's homegoing (maiden surname Coleman). Because Mr. Cornelius was like family (had watched his show so many times as a young lady), I wanted to share this with you all. Hopefully, this will give you some peace along with prayer:
A gentle breeze shook a leaf from the tree……
No one noticed… just you and me.
The leaf danced …. It swayed… a child again,
And as the breeze so gently, lifted it away,
It paused for a moment as if wondering…. “Should I stay?”
But continued its journey anyway.
The leaf floated higher and higher toward the Light in the sky
And when I saw the clouds open,
I thought I heard familiar voices from the same old tree…
Or was that the sound of angelic wings?
It doesn't matter so much that the breeze took the leaf away,
Only that, that part of our tree was taken
Gone “Home” to stay.
Our family will miss that part of our tree,
But, our family “back home” is rejoicing I know,
Because our loved one has “come home” to stay.
A child again…….
No suffering, no sadness, no more pain nor hurt,
He's gone home to the Father, gone away from this earth.
So every time you hear or feel a slight breeze,
Or see the movement of the leaves…..
The leaves that have gone “Home” to our Heavenly family tree.
Ms. LaVerne Arther, copyright @ Life Poem