Middie and pdswife, thoughts and prayers to both of you, your families and friends. As you say pdswife, they may be sharing a laugh but it's hard on the loved ones who have temporarily lost them.
The cry of man’s anguish went up to God,
Lord take away my pain.
The shadow that darkens the world Thou hast made;
The close coiling chain
That strangles the heart: the burden that weighs
On the wings that would soar-
Lord, take away pain from the world Thou hast made.
Then answered the Lord to the cry of the world,
So shall I take away pain,
And with it the power of the soul to endure,
Made strong by the strain?
Shall I take away pity that knits heart to heart,
And sacrifice high?
Will ye lose all your heroes that lift from the fire
White brows to the sky?
Shall I take away love that redeems with a price,
And smiles with its loss?
Can ye spare from your lives that would cling unto mine
The Christ on his cross?