12/21/2012 11:50 am ET Updated Feb 20, 2013

A Prayer For Newtown

It is almost impossible to comprehend the senselessness and loss resulting from the recent murders in Newtown, Conn. It has traumatized a community and the country. I would like to share the lyrics from a song I wrote a few years ago for a dear friend to be sung at her funeral. I hope they can offer a moment of peace.

Please take this soul
Straight to heaven
That's where she belongs

One sweet soul
Both good and righteous
Welcome her with songs

Grant her soul eternal peace
Free from worldly cares
Give her the love
That we send her
In our daily prayers.