Joshua by Mary & Craig Francis / Mom & Dad, Jasper, Jordi, Jemma and Princess

20th February 2000 – 8th July 2005

Almighty and Most Merciful Father, we know that the days of our Creatures are short and that Man outlives them.
Yet in their time there are those whom God has chosen for the special love of Man.

So it is that this Creature, now departed, did spend his days in the company of Man, and did teach us the pureness of love and completeness of devotion. It is this sacred purity which lasts but a short time.

But in it, God teaches us the trueness of love and though they not be Man, nor made in the image of God, they are the angels of this Holy Earth, and
are sent here to bring Man comfort.

Some God hath chosen for Man’s sustenance. Other’s, that they may lessen the labours of Man. Some are brought into this earth that they may have dominion over the wildness of the earth and the sea, and others that they may ever brighten God’s earth with Beauty, Grace and Song.

Still others, God hath given onto us for our solace, companionship and love. So be it with this Creature whom God has chosen as Man’s Companion: That no Man shall be alone, No Man shall not know love, and that all Men may know of the wonders of God’s earth, in all of God’s magnificent creations.

For each, like Man, is sacred onto God, and though they be the gift of God, they are given to Man that he might know the wonders of all God’s creations. Blessed be this Creature, and blessed be those who did know, love and care for this Creature, for they have performed a sacred duty, and in this, they are better loved by God.

Let a call go out now, into the wind of this, God’s Earth. That this gentle soul has laid down his head and has returned unto God’s sacred keeping. Let the trees and grasses whisper of his devotion to Man, and that in his time he taught us unselfish love, devotion and obedience.

Remember therefore Joshua’s life. For he has been a gift; given unto us that we may learn the sanctity of life and that all that is of God is Holy.

And therefore as it pleases Almighty God to take unto Himself his Beloved Creation, Joshua.
So, in God’s Holy Name, we commit Joshua’s ashes to the earth, remembering that God gave unto us the creatures of this Earth for just a short while.
But, no Greater Gift did God give unto Man.

Let all the Creatures of this Earth be silent. Let the passing of this creature so Beloved of God be sent
as a message across the wind.

Peace, everlasting grant unto his soul. Amen

we miss you baby, all our love for ever.


Always in our hearts,
8, July 2005
Mary & Craig Francis