Forest Nelson

Forest Nelson

Korean War · US Marine Corps · Captain

To My Dearest Family

    To My Dearest Family

    Some things I'd like to say,but first of all to let you knowthat I arrived okayI'm writing this from Heavenwhere I dwell with God abovewhere there's no more tearsor sadness thereis just eternal lovePlease do not be unhappyjust because I'm out of sightremember that I'm with youevery morning, noon and nightThat day I had to leave youwhen my life on Earth was throughGod picked me up and hugged meand He said I welcome youIt's good to have you back againyou were missed while you were goneas for your dearest familythey'll be here later onI need you here so badlyas part of My big planthere's so much that we have to doto help our mortal manThen God gave me a list of thingsHe wished for me to doand foremost on that list of mineis to watch and care for youAnd I will be beside youevery day and week and yearand when you're sadI'm standing thereto wipe away the tearAnd when you lie in bed at nightthe days chores put to flightGod and I are closest to youin the middle of the nightWhen you think of my life on Earthand all those loving yearsbecause you're only humanthey are bound to bring you tearsBut do not be afraid to cryit does relieve the painremember there would be no flowersunless there was some rainI wish that I could tell youof all that God has plannedbut if I were to tell youyou wouldn't understandBut one thing is for certainthough my life on Earth is o'reI am closer to you nowthan I ever was beforeAnd to my very many friendstrust God knows what is bestI'm still not far away from youI'm just beyond the crestThere are rocky roads ahead of youand many hills to climbbut together we can do ittaking one day at a timeIt was always my philosophyand I'd like it for you toothat as you give unto the Worldso the World will give to youIf you can help somebodywho is in sorrow or in painthen you can say to God at nightmy day was not in vainAnd now I am contentedthat my life it was worthwhileknowing as I passed along the wayI made somebody smileSo if you meet somebodywho is down and feeling lowjust lend a hand to pick him upas on your way you goWhen you are walkingdown the streetand you've got me on your mindI'm walking in your footstepsonly half a step behindAnd when you feel the gentle breezeor the wind upon your facethat's me giving you a great big hugor just a soft embraceAnd when it's time for you to gofrom that body to be freeremember you're not goingyou are coming here to meAnd I will always love youfrom that land way up aboveWill be in touch again soonP.S. God sends His Love

    Thank you Captain for your service to this great nation and to our Corps....

      I'M FREE Don't grieve for me for now I'm free, 
      I'm following the path God laid for me. 
      I took His hand when I heard Him call, 
      I turned my back and left it all. 
      I could not stay another day, 
      To laugh, to love, to work or play. 
      Tasks left undone must stay that way, 
      I found that peace at the close of the day. 
      If my parting has left a void, 
      Then fill it with remembered joy. 
      A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss, 
      Ah yes, these things I too will miss. 
      But be not burdened with times of sorrow, 
      For I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow. 
      My life's been full. I've savored much, 
      Good friends, good times and loved ones' 
      touch. 
      Perhaps my time seemed all too brief 
      Don't lengthen it now with undue grief. 
      Lift up your hearts and share with me. 
      God wanted me now. He set me free!