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Inspiring Thoughts

Angel Chrysalis

Spring has announced itself
All around me outside
Signs of new life---budding tulip trees,
Grass remembering its green,
Peepers crooning love songs
And I sit inside, next to you
As you begin what some will call
your long slow walk towards death.
But I know better,
For I have been given the honor
to bear witness to the birthing of your wings.
I have watched you now for days,
As the crystalline webbing is spun around you
And if I look, with soft eyes,
I can see those ethereal threads of light.
And if you turn your head away from me
As I try to give you a sip of water or a bite of food,
I am not offended,
For I know that you are drawing your sustenance elsewhere,
From that place that seems beyond the density of earth,
Yet surrounds you
And if you do not seem to hear my words,
I draw comfort that you are pulsing
to the rhythm of divine sounds,
in order to synchronize the fluttering of your wings.
Some may focus on how your body has withdrawn into itself,
But I watch how you are forming your wings,
Within that cocoon of light,
And how they are growing and growing
And I know that as you rest with your eyes closed,
You are testing the strength of those wings,
Until that time when you will be no longer able to hold back
And you shall take wing and soar, soar, soar.

Beth Imperial-Rogers
for my mom, Bolyn Imperial (gbm)
April 10, 2002

                                            
Gone From My Sight

   I am standing upon the seashore. A ship at my side spreads her white sails to the
   morning breeze and starts for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and
   strength. I stand and watch her until at length she hangs like a speck of white
   cloud just where the sea and sky come to mingle with each other.

   Then someone at my side says: "There, she is gone!"

   "Gone where?" Gone from my sight. That is all. She is just as large in mast and
   hull and spar as she was when she left my side and she is just as able to bear her
   load of living freight to her destined port. Her dimished size is in me, not in her.

   And just at the moment when someone at my side says: "There, she is gone!"
   there are other eyes watching her coming, and other voices ready to take up the
   joyous shout: "Here she comes!"

   And that is dying.

                                                                                         ---author unknown
  

   So they cry healing waters come on down
   Healing waters come on down
   Keep holding on
   Giving out the best that you can give
   Sometimes we're not that strong
   Keep praying for the healing
   Don't give in
   Don't give in
   Healing waters
   (You're not in this alone)
   Cleansing waters
   (You're not in this alone)

   ---from "Tears Like Flowers," on Sarah Masen's
Carry Us Through CD

   Do no great things,
   Only small things with great love.

                          ---Mother Teresa

   Life is short and we do not have too
   much time to gladden the hearts of
   those who travel with us, so be swift
   to love and make haste to be kind.

                      ---Henri Frederic Amiel
 
      
Strength Against Sorrow

   Sorrow comes in great waves...
   but it rolls over us, and though
   it may almost smother us,
   it leaves us.

   And we know that if it is strong,
   we are stronger, inasmuch as
   it passes and we remain.

   ---Attributed to Henry James

   When you are sorrowful,
   Look again in your heart
   And you shall see that, in truth,
   That for which you are weeping
   Has been your delight.

                      ---author unknown

                      
With Hope
  
   This is not at all how
   We thought it was supposed to be
   We had so many plans for you
   We had so many dreams
   And now you've gone away
   And left us with the memories of your
      smile
   And nothing we can do
   And nothing we can say
   Can take away the pain
   The pain of losing you,...but

   We can cry with hope
   We can say goodbye with hope
   'Cause we know our goodbye is not
      the end
   And we can grieve with hope
   'Cause we believe with hope
   There's a place with God's grace
   There's a place where we'll see your
      face again
   We'll see your face again

   And never have I known
   Anything so hard to understand
   And never have I questioned more
   The wisdom of God's plan
   But through the cloud of tears
   I see the Father smile and say "Well
      done"
   And I imagine you
   Where you wanted most to be
   Seeing all your dreams come true

   'Cause now you're home
   And now you're free, and...
   We have this hope as an anchor
   'Cause we believe that everything
   God promised us is true, so...
   We wait with hope
   And we ache with hope
   We hold on with hope
   And we let go with hope

                  ---Words and music by
                      Steven Curtis Chapman


           
As You Slipped Away...

   Today, such grief does fill my heart...
   This life is done; you must depart.
   I take your hand and draw you near,
   and whisper softly, "Do not fear."

   Your heart beats out its last goodbye.
   The time has come for you to fly.
   I hold you as you slip away,
   but know we'll meet again some day.

   Though tears of sorrow fill my eyes,
   I feel such peace in your last sighs...
   Knowing now that you will soar
   far away to distant shores.

   No longer will you feel the pain
   of being bound by temporal chains.
   No earthly garb to weigh you down.
   On wings of peace, you leave the ground.

   An awesome gift was given to me
   to hold you while your soul went free...
   With freedom like you've never known.
   The Voice of Love...has called you Home.

   ---Sue A., friend of Sally D. (gbm)

   God saw you getting tired
   When a cure was not to be....
   He closed His arms around you
   And whispered, "Come to me."

   In tears we saw you sinking...
   We watched you fade away.
   Our hearts were almost broken,
   You fought so hard to stay.

   But when we saw you sleeping,
   So peacefully, free of pain,
   We would not wish you back
   To suffer that again.

   So treasure him, Lord,
   In your "Garden of Rest,"
   For here on earth,
   He was "one of the best."

                            ---Anonymous

   You have to accept whatever comes
   and the only important thing is that you
   meet it with the best you have to give.

                             ---Eleanor Roosevelt

                  
Safely Home

   I am home in heaven, dear ones:
   Oh so happy and so bright!
   There is perfect joy and beauty
   In this everlasting light.

   All the pain and grief is over,
   Every restless tossing passed:
   I am now at peace forever,
   Safely home in Heaven at last.

   Did you wonder I so calmly
   Trod the valley of the shade?
   Oh! but Jesus' love illuminated
   Every dark and fearful glade.

   And He came Himself to meet me
   In that way so hard to tread:
   And with Jesus' arm to lean on,
   Could I have one doubt or dread?

   Then you must not grieve so sorely,
   For I love you dearly still:
   Try to look beyond earth's shadows,
   Pray to trust our Father's Will.

   There is work still waiting for you,
   So you must not idly stand:
   Do it now, while life remaineth---
   You shall rest in Jesus' land.

   When that work is all completed,
   He will gently call you Home;
   Oh, the rapture of that meeting,
   Oh, the joy to see you come!

                          ---author unknown

   And the day came when the risk to
   remain tight in a bud was more
   painful than the risk it took to
   blossom.

                        ---author unknown

                     
Immortal

   I walk; my soul is flying
   I cry; but I'm rejoicing
   I hunger; You're edifying
   Bathed in light I roam this life
   'Til time takes me home
 
   Immortal, immortal
   Forever I will live
   Immortal, immortal, immortal

   I talk; my heart is singing
   I kneel; and I'm ascending
   I'm wounded; but You are healing
   Earth is bright through Holy eyes
   That search from above

   And my spirit's leaping
   Straight to the gates of heaven
   Where I belong
   My feet have journeyed
   Longing to reach my home
   I'll be safely home
   I'll be safely home

   ---Michelle Tumes, from the CD
     
Center of My Universe

   To love someone is to learn the song
   in their heart and sing it to them when
   they have forgotten.

                              ---author unknown

   When you get to the edge of the light
       that you know,
   And there is only darkness in front of
       you,
   Faith is knowing that there will either
       be Something solid to stand on,
   Or you will be taught how to fly.

                             ---author unknown

   What becomes of the light of the
       stars when the sun appears on
       the horizon?
   Such light is ravished and absorbed
       into the sun's supreme light with
       which it is happily joined!

                                     ---De Sales

                       
Eternity

   He who binds himself to a joy
   Does the winged life destroy
   But he who kisses the joy as it flies
   Lives in eternity's sunrise.

                          ---author unknown

   You can't direct the wind,
   but you can adjust your sails.

                 ---author unknown

                       
God's Promise

   God didn't promise days without pain,
   laughter without sorrow or sun without rain.

   But God did promise strength for the day,
   comfort for the tears and a light for the way.

   And for all who believe in His kingdom above,
   He answers their faith with everlasting love.

                                       ---author unknown

   Most of the important things in the
   world have been accomplished by
   people who have kept on trying when
   there seemed to be no hope at all.

                                 ---Dale Carnegie

            
Requiem for the Living

   Don't weep for me when I'm gone.
   Those who knew me know full well
   that in love and in laughter, I lived as
   a prince.
   In my heart of hearts I have served
   my calling, waiting for this time to
   come, when I would see my king.

                           ---author unknown

   Life
   is a precious thing
   to me

   and a little thing:

   my life is a little thing
   when it will end here
   is God's secret.

   And the world
   is a little thing,

   Like a hazelnut
   In His-Her hand---

   but it is in His ever-keeping,
   in His ever-loving,
   is in His ever-making,

   how should anything be amiss?

   Yes, all shall be well,
   and all will be well,
   "and thou shalt see thyself
   that all manner of thing
   shall be well."

   Kind friends,

   I pray God grant you
   all your good wishes,
   desires and dreams---

   it is all in the choosing,

   it is all in the asking.

   ---meditation adapted from Julian of
       Norwich

         
God's Heavenly Garden

   Sometimes God picks the flower
      That is still in full bloom;
   Sometimes the rosebud's chosen
      That we feel He's picked too soon.
   Sometimes the flower is fading
      With petals floating down,
   But God knows the perfect time
      To gather flowers from the ground.
   There is a heavenly garden
      In which God takes great pleasure
   Because He's placed within it
      The loved ones that we treasure.
   He walks among the blossoms
      Giving them eternal rest,
   And I know that it must please Him
      Because He chose our very best.

                   ---Dorothea K. Barwick

   When you were born, you cried and
       the world rejoiced.

   Live your life in such a way that
       when you die, the world cries and
       you rejoice.

                ---Native American proverb