Dear Friend

by Moses L. Hochstetler

As a friend I do wish you
the best of life's blessings
And freedom from sickness and pain.
May your prayers and oblations,
as blooms of carnations,
Flourish in sunshine and rain.

May the blessings of heaven
be showered upon you
With favor from God and man.
May you harvest with pleasure
the fruits of your labor
To share with whoever you can.

May the dew in the morning
refresh and delight you,
And your days be filled with great peace.
May your nights without number
be filled with sweet slumber;
Your dreams filled with hope ne'er cease.

May your mate and your children
bequeathed and beloved
Be cherished as jewels set in gold.
May your joy blend with laughter,
both now and hereafter,
As the days of your life unfold.

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