PBC Member Carole Smith sent this poem to me the other day and I wanted to share it with you. It's a beautiful retelling of the song Into the West from the Lord of the Rings films. Carole has titled it Into His Rest, and it's written from the perspective of the departed counseling the living. Consider reading it as you listen to the original song.

Lay down, your sweet and weary head
Night is falling
Have we come to journey’s end?
Sleep now
Dream of the ones who came before
They are calling
From across a distant shore
Why do you weep?
What are these tears upon your face?
Soon you will see all of your fears will pass away
Safe in His arms
Is where you are sleeping
And you shall see on that horizon
The one who keeps us all
Across the sea
A king arisen
His ship has come to carry me home
A throne of white, a sea of glass
Life-giving water
Love that lasts
Hope stays
And sees you through the night
Through shadows falling
Out of memory and time
Don’t say
We have come now to the end
His voice is calling
You and I will meet again
And we’ll be there in his arms
No more weeping
And we shall see on that day’s dawning
The one who saves us all
He once was dead
And now he rises
Jesus comes to carry me home
A throne of white, a sea of glass
He opens up heaven
And I shall pass
Into His rest