April 30, 2001


Our Greatest Loss for Gods Greater Gain


photos taped upon a board

tender duty of loving children

a smiling man taking his part

joyful in the lives of others

son, husband, father, friend

child of God in His great care

these tears too shall pass

for the promise still remains


and we know that in all things

God works for the good of those who love him,

who have been called according to his purpose


he too has been called

called to serve a greater cause

than merely drawing breath

willingly walking close with God

that his desire would Gods will obey

the sacrifice made for others

God will not deny nor forget

His gift new life from our loss

as once before in greater measure

new life came from His own


unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies,

it remains only a single seed

but if it dies, it produces many seeds


the man who loves his life will lose it,

while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.


what was once is no more

that better things may come


we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed

in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet

for the trumpet will sound,

the dead will be raised imperishable,

and we will be changed.


the plan of God is inscrutable

His patience all forbearing

that His will

His good and perfect pleasing will

may yield its great reward


He is patient, not wanting anyone to perish,

but everyone to come to repentance



In memory of Rick Campbell


Our Greatest Loss for God's Greater Gain
A poem by Peter Rhebergen

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