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Ronald Warren Taylor

March 15, 1953 — November 4, 2023

Hattieville, Arkansas

Ronald’s Prayer
Guide me Lord and humble me,
let my life proclaim my Savior’s word;
let worldly noise ne’er deafen me,
that the Master’s voice be clear and truly heard.
Harvest me from deep dark forest,
‘oergrown with seeds from greed and hate and sin,
strip away the hard bark of prideful arrogance,
expose soulful grain where love’s luster shines within.
Jesus, my Master Carpenter – shape me to thy will,
cut away all my weak and twisted wood;
chisel out diseased or hollowed imperfections,
fashion me to serve thy greater good.
Trademark me neither in worldly fame nor fortune,
ne’er ornately framed or gilded in fancy filigree;
rather carve me plain and strong and useful,
towards divine purpose to which thou wouldst agree.
Set my placement in the hearts and thoughts,
of worthy friends and most beloved family;
let me serve all my days upon this earth,
in simple service to many others – simply being me.
Wherever any who might find use of me,
be it as ladder, crutch, door, or chair;
I’m thankful that Jesus deigns it duly fitting,
and uniquely builds me - to be just as needed there.
And when all my days upon this earth,
have reached their fullness in God’s own time;
restore this well-worn wooden piece called Ronald,
in the gloss of God’s eternal kingdom’s shine.
Epilogue from David W. Webb – I know Ronald wound up as a Master Electrician and educator, but Jesus
was a carpenter, and I know that the lumber business played a big role in Ronald’s adult life.

My Catholic prayer offered in honor of Ronald who is my spiritual brother and whom I will see in Heaven
again one day is taken from the Diary of Saint Faustina. May it bring each of you comfort and peace in
the fellowship under which all Christians share in the love of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ:
“Eternal God, in whom mercy is endless and the treasury of compassion inexhaustible, look kindly upon
us and increase Your mercy in us, that in difficult moments we might not despair nor become despondent,
but with great confidence submit ourselves to Your holy will, which is Love and Mercy itself.” (Diary 950)

Arrangements by Arkansas Cremation, 10515 W Markham St, Ste B1, Little Rock, AR 72205. 

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