remembering ayrie: tonight’s program
Remembering Ayrie Mekai Jones Murphy
February 16, 2006 â€“ September 29, 2010
Thank you for being with us to remember Ayrie.Â Quakers believe that every person is a source of continuing revelation and that God can speak through each of us through our inner light, our spark of the Divine.Â Ayrie â€˜s spark glowed so brightly with intense purpose and passion.
Our remembrance will begin at 4pm in the Friends Meeting Room with meditative silence. Â Nora will break the silence, after which time we invite people to â€œspeak out of the silence. â€ Children are very welcome to participate, and their noises and livelihood are reminders of the joy that all children bring into our lives. Â We also have a babysitter in the preschool room and you can bring your child(ren) there at any time.Â Please feel welcome to enter and leave the room quietly during the remembrance.
There is no prepared sermon but rather time and space for individual and collective grieving and sharing.Â As we sit in silence remembering Ayrie, some people may meditate, others may consider a word, phrase or feeling to focus their thoughts and others will empty their minds, “waiting expectantly” for wisdom from either deep in their own minds or from beyond.Â You might choose to consider the words below.
We are profoundly glad that Ayrie lived.Â We are glad that we held him close and felt the glow of his friendship and love.Â We cherish the memory of his words and actions and character.Â He was a son, teacher, friend, healer and learner wise beyond his years who loved everyone he met with an open and pure heart.Â Carrying this in our hearts, let us remember though our loss and sorrow that life remains precious and good.Â May we on this day rekindle in our hearts an appreciation for the gifts of life and other persons. Let us honor the life of Ayrie by living, ourselves, more nobly and loving in the days ahead.Â As you return to the routines of your lives, go in love, and may an abiding peace go with you.Â Remember Ayrie with a smile and a feeling of being deeply loved.