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Shane Whalen
This Prayer Circle is Dedicated to my son Shane Whalen Who Passed Away On March 15, 1999 at the Age of 24, & All Other Children


Start a prayer circle for bereaved parents who have lost a child.


There are many of us out there who have lost a child, and it is devastating. It changes the outlook on life, plunges you into a depression, and you think that the feelings and thoughts you have nobody else could possibly relate to. I think a prayer circle for bereaved parents would only benefit us and help us on our journey of grief. This Circle is one of Love, where a Grieving Parent can safely come to for Prayers, and to talk about their feelings.

 
Shaner -10/14/2000
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shaner
12/16/2002 19:11

Hello dearest Selva, I wish I could reach through this computer and give you a big hug and let you cry. Marking Solange's 4th month passing brings up a lot of pain and remembering, doesn't it.
Solange may have been unconcious, but I know she heard the words of her beloved Mom speaking to her! It's alright to be angry with God, Selva, He understands your pain and loves you very much. It just doesn't seem fair, does it. One day we'll all know the answers, why we were picked to be mothers that were going to lose their child or children. I know that doesn't help your pain right now, you want Solange back, you want to see you walking through the door, pick up the phone and it's from her, we all wish that. And you've got the Holidays coming up, your first without Solange, and it makes it even more painful for you, God bless you. We can't make the pain go away, it's your great love for Solange that's causing it, as it has caused all of us, but we can be here for you always, listening, understanding, and loving. You can post whatever you want here, you know it's a safe place to vent your feelings.
We all appreciate so much your prayers for us all, and our children, and you know you and Solange are in our love and prayers too. It's a rough road, this Journey of Grief, but we'll do our best to see you and other newly bereaved moms through it. Please, dear sweet Jesus, wrap Your loving arms around Solange, comfort her as only You can, and give her some peace tonight and in the days ahead. Much love and prayers to you dear Selva,
Luv Sandy


LOVE2U
12/16/2002 22:24

Dear Cal's Mom ~ First, let me say how sorry I am to read about the sudden, unexpected and tragic loss of your beloved son, Cal. When seeking words to describe a mother's grief over the loss of child, I find that I still feel there are no words to adequately describe it. It is absolutely amazing to me that somehow, we do manage to survive, even though we are convinced in the beginning stages, that we don't want to go on ... Just as I felt led to write in the poem Chain Reaction; which I know was given to me by God's Holy Spirit -- just three months before my precious 36 year old daughter, Diane, was killed, in what the news media described as a chain reaction wreck. The chilling thing about that poem, however, was that at some point ... and I don't recall whether it was before or after I had it copyrighted ... for some unknown reason, I felt led to change two of the original words. It was a tough decision, but in the end, I did. And, I believe that our heavenly Father was the one who led me to change those words. Only later would I understand why.

I truly believe that there are no accidents ... That everything happens for a reason and that God doesn't always tell us why in this life. I believe this to be true when it comes to the why of all deaths. This is especially true, in my opinion, when it comes to the death of one's child or in some cases children. God, for whatever reason, decided to call our precious angels home before us. And even if He did tell us why, we would still give anything just to see our precious children again in this life, right now! God knows this, so maybe that's why we won't know the answer until after we, too, have finished everything God sent us here to do. As I have said so often, and I truly believe this, the joy that awaits us ... When our children met us at heaven's door, will last forever. But for now, all we can do is try to find meaning in life again, try to deal with our grief and pain, and help each other to carry this heavy cross! There will be days when we will fall down under the weight of the cross that we carry, but when we do, God will send the help we need, and the weight of the cross will become a bit easier to bear ... little by little: one minute, five minutes, one hour, one day at a time. Not a day goes by that I don't still miss my precious daughter ...

But, thanks to the prayers of others, my own prayers, once I worked through the anger, and accepted God's forgiveness -- I finally began making a conscious effort to find ways to move on in a productive way... a little at a time!
There are still days and nights when I still shed tears, can't sleep, and wish that my child was still here with me. And I still don't do the Christmas things the way we use to do. I try to do whatever works best for me. And that is my advice to all bereaved moms ... Especially the newly bereaved.
I think I was in total shock and had little or no will to live for the first three years or more. It's a long, hard, painful, tough journey -- And the healing of our shattered hearts won't happen overnight -- But with God's help, together ... We will continue to move on ...

Please know that I will keep you, your precious son, Cal, and the rest of your family in my thoughts and prayers!
Much love,
Verna


LOVE2U
12/18/2002 01:25

Dear Deb, ~ I know it's been a while since I've post to you ... But I do think of you often, and always include you, Michael, and the rest of your family in my heartfelt prayers. I always enjoy reading your beautiful prayers and the touching poems that you so faithfully submit. I know this has to be a rough time for you with the holidays that are approaching. It seems that all of us are going through the valley of grief and pain right now, but thank God, we have each other, and it helps to know that we don't have to walk through the valley alone! We have our family and friends who care deeply, even though sometime they feel that talking about our beloved children or mentioning their name will bother us or make us sad. If they only knew how much we sometimes wish they would. Even having a friend call or drop by just to let you know that they are thinking about you during the holidays means so very much to us moms. As I've said before, I will be covering this issue in the book that I am writing for bereaved parents. God willing, I sincerely pray that my book will be read by our family members and friends as well.

Deb, I am asking that you, Sandy, and all the other moms keep me in your prayers all through these holidays. As you, and most of the other moms who have been members of our prayer circle a while longer,know ... I have endured a number of losses since losing my daughter Diane. I do OK most of the time, but both my mother and baby brother were born in December. MaDear's birthday was Dec. 10th, and my brother's birthday is tomorrow, Dec. 18th. I know that God answers our prayers. Otherwise, we would not be doing as well as we are. :) I know ... Sometimes, when our grief sneaks up on us, we really don't feel like counting our blessings, but still, it is true! In spite of our broken hearts, we still have so much to be thankful for. So, Deb, and all you other Angel Moms ...Let's just hang in there, and lift each other up in prayer!
Much love to you, Deb, and all Bereaved Moms everywhere. I will always keep each and every one of you in my heartfelt prayers. God's peace and blessings is my prayer for EVERYONE!
LOVE2U
Verna


shaner
12/18/2002 09:03

Hello Verna, you know you're in our prayers all the time, and we'll add a few extra for the difficult days ahead as you commemorate all the losses in your life in the month of December. We do have many blessings to be thankful for, and one of mine is the Circle, and all you wonderful Moms. Much love to all, and extra prayers to you Verna, as you deal with your losses,
Luv Sandy


SELVAM
12/18/2002 11:26

Hi Verna. I will be praying for you also and all the Angel moms from this Circle of Love. This is my first Holidays without Solange and I've been in the Valley every day now, so I pray all the time, it is all I can do, so I'll do some extra prayers for you and all moms in the Circle . love Selva


joeyrick
12/18/2002 16:18

Verna,Selva,Sandy and all the other mother,s in the circle. May God bless all of you and may the Lord help us ti endure the valley we all seem to be in. May we all be able to get through these holidays with good memories of our children.When I was attending grief group counseling they stessed to do what you wanted to do and not what others expected of you.Do what ever makes you happy.Love to all Peggy


shaner
12/18/2002 19:13

Hello Everyone, it does seem to be valley days for us all. We finally put up our Christmas tree last night, and myself and my husband had no joy whatsoever in the decorating of it. Just another sad reminder that Shane won't be here again this Christmas. The Holidays are among the hardest to get through. Much love and prayers to all,
Luv Sandy


LOVE2U
12/20/2002 05:36

Good Morning to All! :) ~ I thank our Father, God, for giving us those precious moments of peace for which we pray. I thank God for all our many blessings. I thank Him for family and friends ... For waking each of us up this morning, for giving us the strength to move, to get up, and for giving us the strength to get down on our knees to praise Him!

I thank God for giving His only Son, Jesus, to die for us ... To pay the ultimate price, so that we might someday enter the kingdom ... as did our children and other loved ones who were chosen to enter the kingdom before us.

I thank Him for loving us unconditionally, and for the renewing of our faith daily. I thank Him for the quiet moments that we spend with Him ... For it is in those precious moments that we seek and receive the strength we need to make a conscious effort to do His will ... According to His divine plan. This is the day the Lord has made. And we thank Him for this day! Peace and blessings ...
LOVE2U

[He is the God of the multitude and the God of the individual. He is the God of the highways in our lives and also the God of the byways. He is the God of the big things that concern us and the little things. He does mighty works and sees to the smallest detail. Nothing you face is too big for Him to handle, and He will not overlook your tiniest need].

~ Never Forgotten ... Always Loved ~
by Roy Lessin


LOVE2U
12/20/2002 05:46

God is not only with us in the hard times and good times of life, He is also with us when death casts its shadow our way. People may walk with us through our troubled times, but no one can take our hand and walk with us through death -- but Jesus does! He knows the way, for He has walked through it. Death cannot lock us in its grip, for He has the keys.

~ Never Forgotten ... Always Loved ~
by Roy Lessin


LOVE2U
12/20/2002 05:56

God's work is to deliver you from every enemy of rest -- from fear that paralyzes, from worry that vexes, from unbelief that despairs, from legalism that condemns. His power overcomes weakness with strength, mental anguish with a sound mind, emotional distress with inner-harmony, spiritual bondage with freedom and praise. His work will bring wholeness to your being ... healing to your body ... happiness to your heart. He will take you from emptiness to fruitfulness and from dead works to serve the living God.

~ Never Forgotten ... Always Loved ~
by Roy Lessin


SELVAM
12/20/2002 08:21

AMEN.
Thank you Verna for posting those beautiful words. I will read it a lot. I'm in need of Faith and strenght, I can't get out of the Valley. These Holidays without Solange are very hard on me, never though for a minute that I will be without my daughter on a Christmas and birthday day. It seems that I'm having a very bad dream. I'm praying all the time and also for all of you Angel moms that have helped me so much . God Bless you all. I'm taking off from work all of next week. I don't want to spoil my fellow workers their Holidays . I will be at my sister's house and will be connected to this Circle of Love most of the time. My e mail at my sister is: nadpa@msn.com
I will be there for all of you if anybody needs me. Love to you all. Selva


shaner
12/20/2002 08:21

Hello Verna, thanks for posting all of the wonderful inspirational sayings of Roy Lessin, in these days before Christmas, while we're all feeling the affects of our child not here, we need to reaffirm what Christmas is all about.
And how important it is to count our many blessings in life, given to us by Our Lord, on whom we can always depend on. May we all have peace in our hearts during the difficult days ahead. Much love and prayers,
Luv Sandy


shaner
12/20/2002 08:29

Good Morning dear Selva, it seems we're on here at the same time, :) I'm glad that Verna's words had a meaningful affect on you, and that you take some comfort from them. I know sweetie, you do feel as though you're in a bad dream and you're going to wake up and find Solange there again with you. The first Holidays are the worst, you're still in a lot of shock and disbelief, and that's OK, it's a coping mechanism that helps us through the very tough times. No, I guess you wouldn't want to be around your co-workers next week, and I don't blame you. Take some much needed time for yourself, let the tears come, and be gentle with yourself, for you're grieving. I'll be around over the Holiday Season too, so hope to see you and anybody else online, together we can help each other through the rough days. Much love to you dear Selva,
Luv Sandy


dovesfromheaven
12/20/2002 09:50

~~~Hello Sandy, Verna, Selva, Deb and all of you other precious Moms here~~~
~~~God Bless each one of you this Christmas season. I know it's a difficult time for everyone here. We miss our precious children and want them so much to be with us as we celebrate with the rest of our family. We each need to do what we are comfortable with during this time. I bought one of those Willow Tree Angels to remember my Joseph. It's called the 'Angel of Remembrance', they are sold at Hallmark stores. I will place it on the table and light a candle to remember him. I have done something special every year now in honor of him. It helps and it's the only thing I can do for him now.
~~~Sandy, I can certainly relate to what you and your husband are experiencing with putting up your tree. I haven't been able to get into it much either. I'm just going through the motions. I stay away from the rush of it all and go shopping when it's quiet out there. Thankfully I've limited my shopping days to just a few this year. It's been alot easier on me. I do think we have to take care of ourselves. I hope your Christmas is a joyful one with your family. I know the pain is always there isn't it? God Bless you Sandy. Just know that I'm thinking of you and praying for you.~~~
~~~Verna, thank you so much for taking time out of your busy life to write to all of us. It means so much to us grieving moms here. I hope you are getting along ok. This time of year is hard for everyone. I've been thinking of your losses and am praying for the comfort of the Holy Spirit to come to you. God bless you Verna and hoping you have a peace filled Christmas.~~~
~~~Selva, God Bless you dear, I know the pain you are feeling. It's ok to feel that way, it's all part of the grieving. Like Sandy said you must take care of you and let the tears come, there's no way out of it. Jesus knows your pain and is always there for you even if you can't pray, just know that we are all praying for you. The pain is immense in the first year, especially during the holidays and other special occasions. Your precious Solange is with you, she is your 'Angel', she sounds so sweet. It's sounds like you are doing what you need to do to take care of you. Do try to rest in the Lord as you remember your beloved Solange this christmas. God Bless you Selva.~~~
Dear Precious Lord Jesus, I thank you for coming as a sweet babe to rescue the souls of men. You are the Lord of Lords and King of Kings and I am so thankful that You are that in my life. I come before You now Lord to ask You for Your peace in all of our broken hearts during this holiday season, especially the ones who have the most recent losses, it's so difficult for them. Lift them out of their despair and give them Your peace and comfort. Thank You for our family and friends that are dear to us and especially this prayer circle. Continue Your blessing on the hearts that have made it what it is today. I love You Father, In Jesus Name, Amen. God Bless you all! I love you!
Love, Yvonne<><


shaner
12/20/2002 19:29

Hello dearest Yvonne, it's so nice to see a post from you! We miss you around here when you don't post, but it is certainly valley days for all, isn't it. Yes, we certainly do miss our children, and at times like this throughout the year, it makes it even more difficult. Our tree is up, it's right beside me here as I type, the lights are twinkling, 3 years ago I would have been overjoyed at it's beauty, but that's all changed, I know that you all know what I mean. I did that too, Yvonne, went early in the morning to the Malls, stores, to buy our gifts, but it's just like I'm in a robot mode, doing it mechanically, just so I can get through it and come back home. Celebrating on the real meaning of Christmas helps me through the Holidays, as well as my wonderful family, our oldest son Chris is coming home for the Holidays, and I'm excited about that! Your Remembrance Angel sounds so beautiful, and a wonderful way to keep Joe in the Holiday, and honour his life and spirit. We do the same, I have a Circle of Angels, with a candle in the middle, and we light it at our table to include our Shane. I think it's very important that we do something like that, it helps us to include our child with the rest of the family around the table. I wish you and your family, Yvonne, the joy of Christmas and peace in all your hearts.
Yes, this Christmas is going to be very difficult for our newly bereaved moms and we'll all say some extra prayers for them all, God love them! As usual, a wonderful, heartfelt prayer for all, and I agree with you in prayer for what you ask of Our Lord. Take care of yourself Yvonne, and lots of love and prayers to you,
Luv Sandy


Elparro
12/20/2002 20:08

Hello to all my sweet "angel moms". Just anted to stop by and let yall know how I'm doing....seems that nothing much has changed.....hubby and I tried to go do some Christmas shopping.....as I said we tried....all I did was walk around in the store and tried to not let peopple see me tear up. hubby noticed....suggested we leave..very hard to even think about Christmas coming and going without our loved ones. I fell so helpless.. seems that the only emtion that wants to "rear" it's head is the "hate" and dread I fell right now.. I went to see my therapist today....she wants to see me again this coming monday, before Christmas. I told her if I feel up to it I may come. It's hard for me to even climb out of the bed for work . ...speaking of work...I missed all this week....just don't have the energy or the will to do anything....I know it's what the satan wants me to do...is for me to "wallow" in my selfpity.. But I just can't shake it yall....My heartaches....I eat when I'm not even hungry,,just been so depressed ...I just want to be free....free of this pain.....I think that's why my doc don't prescribe me anything.....she feels I'm suicidal right now..it's not that I have assured her.....maybe she knows something I don't know.what do I do to help ease the pain? I have prayed and prayed.....Only that I just can't shake this feeling.....God help me , I am tired....well....I need to go....hubby is calling me.....need to dry my eyes...he hates to see me upset....why of all people does he not understand my hurt? He says I'm torturing myself...I don't see how he sees that....I don't see anything anymore..no beauty at all....all is the same....dead... and buried with my son Matthew....In His Care I Press On.....Eva


LOVE2U
12/21/2002 08:49

Dear Eva, ~ If I could, I would give you and Selva and all the other newly bereaved moms a big understanding hug. I know how hard these holidays have to be for you. Like the other moms who have been on their grief journey would tell you, I've been there, so I can relate to the kind of pain you are feeling at this stage. I know it doesn't seem like it, but the unbearable pain will become easier bear... It just takes a lot of time! Right now, you are missing your child in a way that only another bereaved Mom can understand. And we do know just how hard it is to even think about anything but wanting your child back. It's a mother's worst nightmare. When I was in that helpless stage (just months after Diane was killed, I had no desire to do anything but hold on to my child in any way that I could. I was angry at everyone who seemed to be moving on ... but I was especially angry at God for taking her and not allowing me a chance to say good bye to her! There are no words to really describe all the hurt and anger I was feeling. It seemed that I had been abandoned by God and everyone else that I thought would be there for me. It was during that stage that I wrote the following poem. I am sharing this poem to let you and the other newly bereaved moms know that you won't always feel this way. God understands what it's like at that stage and He forgives us. As Sandy says, our grief comes out in the form of anger ... And no one understands this better than our Father, God!
Much love,
Verna
[Family and I are driving to Dallas today to see our great niece in a play, so I didn't have time to recopy this in small print]. I will try to post more words of encouragement from Never Forgotten ... Always Loved, later tonight when we return.

THE WAR OF SPIRITS (HEAVEN VS HELL)

THERE ARE TIMES WHEN I HONESTLY CAN NOT TELL
IF IíM HEADED FOR HEAVEN OR HEADED FOR HELL
MY LIFE IS A MESS EVERYTHING HAS GONE WRONG
WHILE GOD IS RELAXING ON HIS GOLDEN THRONE

WHY SHOULD HE CARE WHAT IíM GOING THROUGH
HE ALREADY HAS ENOUGH TO DO
HE SITS THERE WATCHING AS TIME HURRIES BY
HE DOESNíT HAVE TIME TO HEAR MY CRY

WHY SHOULD HE CARE THAT MY CHILD HAS DIED
HE HAS HIS SON JESUS RIGHT BY HIS SIDE
HE ALONE HAS THE POWER TO HEAL MY PAIN
BUT MY PRAYERS GO UNANSWERED MY PRAYERS ARE IN VAIN

THE WHOLE TIME IíM PRAYING LORD HAVE MERCY ON ME
I ALREADY KNOW HE WONíT SET ME FREE
I HAVE NO HOPE NOW I HAVE NOTHING TO GIVE
I HAVE NO REASON AT ALL TO LIVE

I ALREADY KNOW WITHOUT FAITH I HAVE FAILED
I HAVE CHOSEN MY DESTINY IíM HEADED FOR HELL
SAY WHAT EXCUSE ME WHAT DID YOU JUST SAY
THAT GODíS HOLY SPIRIT IS ON HIS WAY

TO SHINE LIGHT ON THE LIES SATAN PLACED IN MY MIND
TO RESTORE MY FAITH IN THE NICK OF TIME
ARE YOU TRYING TO TELL ME GOD WILL SET ME FREE
THAT HE REALLY IS LISTENING THAT HE CARES ABOUT ME

YOU SAY HEíS FORGIVEN ALL THE BAD THINGS IíVE SAID
YOU MEAN TO TELL ME MY CHILD ISNíT DEAD
YOU TRYING TO TELL ME IíLL SEE MY CHILD AGAIN SOMEDAY
YOU TELLING ME MY CHILD KNOWS THAT IíM ON MY WAY

BUT WAIT A MINUTE HOW COULD THAT BE
ARE YOU TELLING ME GOD IS DEPENDING ON ME
TO TELL OTHERS HE KNOWS JUST HOW MUCH WE CAN BEAR
THAT HE DOES LOVE US ALL THAT HE REALLY DOES CARE

AND JUST HOW DO YOU KNOW THAT THIS IS TRUE
JUST HOW DO YOU KNOW WHAT GOD WILL DO
THE HOLY SPIRIT WHICH LIVES WITHIN
ARE YOU TRYING TO TELL ME HE IS REALLY MY FRIEND

THAT GOD HAS SENT HIM TO HELP SET ME FREE
YOU SAY THAT GOD IS DEPENDING ON ME
YOU SAY THAT THE ONLY WAY I CAN SURVIVE
IS TO KEEP GODíS HOLY SPIRIT ALIVE

IN MY HEART IN MY LIFE SO OTHERíS CAN SEE
THAT GOD CARES FOR ALL INCLUDING YOU AND ME
ARE YOU TRYING TO SAY I MUST DO MY PART
THAT THEREíS NO BETTER TIME FOR ME TO START

BELIEVING IN WHAT THE HOLY SPIRIT HAS TO SAY
AND YOU REALLY BELIEVE I SHOULD START TODAY
GOD HELP ME IíLL DO IT AT LEAST I WILL TRY
TO RESTORE MY FAITH IN GOD BEFORE I DIE

I WILL DO MY BEST TO GET OTHERS TO SEE
THAT GOD REALLY DOES CARE AND WILL SET US FREE
I KNOW I CAN DO IT AND I WILL NOT FAIL
IíM HEADED TO HEAVEN AND NOT TO HELL!



shaner
12/21/2002 09:47

Hello Eva, I'm so happy that you did stop by and express how you're feeling, this Circle of Love is a safe place to do it, we all understand, and we're here for each other. This is your first Christmas without your beloved Matthew, and it's going to be very painful. You're still in a lot of grief and pain, and that's normal, it's all a part of grieving. You are NOT wallowing in self-pity, you're grieving for your son and missing his physical presence in your life! Let the tears and pain out, that puts you on the slow road to healing. Moms and Dads grieve differently, men feel they have to be the 'strong ones' and sometimes don't feel comfortable expressing their pain, or really don't know how. They also don't know how to deal with us, their wives, they'd like to make it all better for us, but they can't, and they ARE grieving in their own way, just not the same as us moms. Your pain over missing your Matthew is all-consuming right now, and I'm happy to hear that you're seeing a therapist, please go to the appointment on Monday, she/he will help you cope with Christmas. It's too bad that she won't prescribe something for your depression, a lot of us moms needed help, the pain is so great and permeates every aspect of your life, that's why you can't see any beauty and feel as though everything is 'dead' gone with your Matthew. It's not, it's still there, and in time you'll see that again! Your Matthew is closer than you think, looking after his much loved mom and dad, and one day when it's your turn, you will see him again!
Please lean heavily on Our Lord, He will see you through all this pain and confusion right now, He loves you so much! And please go and see your therapist, it may not feel as though it's working, but you need someone to pour out your feelings to, it helps so much to talk about it. And you always have us here, at this Circle of Love, we love you, we know how you feel, and we will always listen to you too, and pray for you. God bless you sweetie, we know you're in a lot of pain, please post back and let us know how you're feeling, our love and prayers are with you! Much love and prayers to you dear Eva,
Luv Sandy


SELVAM
12/21/2002 16:54

Hi Eva. Please keep on trying. I lost my only daughter Agut 15 2002, I have no one else but my brother and sister right now . Solange's father passed away 2 years ago we were divorced but continued communications ans tha care of Solange. His birthday will be tommorrow. I just hope that he will be with Solange to give her the support he did not give her while she was alive. We have to forgive. Please know that all of us in this Circle of Love are going through the same pain as you are, it is only four months since I lost my only 20 years old daughter. But we must keep on praying even if don't feel like it. When our time will come, we will reunited with our children again and this time will be forever. I'm in valley days all this time but remember suicide its not the answer, for then we will never be reunited with our children again. Many times I though of it, but God keeps telling me not to do it because I want to be with Solange again forever. I will keep you in my prayers and please keep me in yours. Love. Selva


shaner
12/21/2002 20:16

Hello Moms, I ran across this Poem today, and it touched me, perhaps it will touch you too,
Luv Sandy

Wounded Holidays
by Alan Harris

Dedicated to the Compassionate Friends
and all who are grieving the loss of a child

To a Guest Reading by Paul Meier

Young, they left our homes.
In a moment, long or quick,
they were gone.

Dewdrops turned into teardrops,
the shining sea too small
to hold our grief.

"Give us our children back," we pled
as we noticed their plateless places
at the table.

Regret made a river through our days,
tempering laughter,
pervading sudden silences.

Bodies they had through us, with us--
bodies housing minds and souls--
no longer.

The holiday season's return
makes throb now the wounds
we felt at their parting,

wounds which may heal
in time, we hope,
into strength--

but not yet, in this season
of snowflakes that sting and cookies
that somehow taste of vinegar.

"If only," goes our carol.
If only they could return to us--
but no.

If only
we could speak with them--
but no.

If only we could love them
so intensely that they could
feel our presence right now--

but yes, yes to this one,
a thousand yesses--
they can.

How can they not feel our love,
being core in core with us,
heart in heart?

We give love this season to them and
to each other as plundered parents
and wounded healers.

With love flowing, something in our lives--
a magnificent, mysterious Something--
guides us like a star.




A Christmas Light
Santa's Interior Monologue
Yuletide's Deepest Bell


tponce3396
12/22/2002 14:43

This prayer is for Greg,Julia, and Carissa Moore. My heart goes out to their entire family w/ the lost of their daughter Kelsie. Kelsie, was not only a daughter but a sister, grandaughter, friend. Kelsie passed unexpectedly 12/20/02. She was a very pleasant young lady who was always smiling. She had alot to give to those around her. Those of us who knew Kelsie knew she was full of love and happiness. My deepest sympathy goes out to her family and friends. Kelsie always made us feel better when she was here. She is now our ANGEL.


SELVAM
12/22/2002 15:42

Hi Sandy what a beautiful poem, it is so true. I'm at my sister's house, my brother just left he is such a wonderful brother too. I'm in the valley. I went out today to check the place for the Miami Rescue Mission so I would not get lost getting there (it's not a great neiborhood) but we found the way and it is nod difficult to get there, but I could not stand to be out. Everybody doing Xmas shopping and all, it is not for me this time. Solange will be there too, going crazy from Malls to Malls doing her Xmas shopping, trying to find a very special gift for everyone. I wish that God will help me go through this "holidays" I'm also praying for all you Angel Moms. You have been such a support for me in these terrible days, that I pray that God will Bless you All. Love Selva


deborahpoo
12/22/2002 17:36

The Greatest Gift

The greatest gift at Christmastime,
is one we all may give-
A friendly smile that helps to make
Life easier to live.
A kindle thought, a helping hand,
To show someone we care
And let them know how much it means
For us to have them here.
The greatest gift at Christmastime
Costs not a lot to buy-
It's being a good neighbor
as days and months go by;
It's offering a shoulder
When someone needs a lift,
And so I pray this Christmas Day
That this may be your gift!













deborahpoo
12/22/2002 17:51

Christmas Wish

What do I wish for you this Christmas?
Not something you'll find in a store,
But gifts that will live in your heart
When the holly's gone from the door.
I wish you the gift of true friendship,
As warm as holiday cheer,
The kind that will bring your heart joy
Each day of the coming year.
I wish you the gift of good health,
Good fortune in all that you do.
I wish you prayertime each day,
Your spirit to ever renew.
What do I wish for you this Christmas?
More precious than a set apart-
I wish you the gift of Christ Child,
Living each day in your heart.

 
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