My Battle is Won
Do not grieve for me, for I am free. I followed the path life laid for me.
I gladly reached when He did call. I took His hand and left it all.
I could not stay another day to laugh or love or work or play.
Things left undone must stay that way, but I found peace this glorious day.
If my parting left a void, please fill it with remembered joy.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss, all these things I too will miss.
Be not burdened in this time of sorrow. I wish you sunshine for tomorrow.
My life has been full, I savored much, family, friends, and love ones touch.
Our loving times seemed all too brief, but is no reason for undo grief.
Lift up your hearts and share with me. Make no mistake, I am set free.
In "It's a Wonderful Life," George Bailey wishes he had never been born. His wish is granted, and he finds himself at the grave of his brother Harry. George's guardian angel tells him, "Harry broke through the ice and died at age nine." George replied, "That's a lie! Harry got the Congressional Medal of Honor for saving the lives of the men on that transport." And Clarence explains, "Every man on that transport died. Harry was not there to save them because you were not there to save Harry. Isn't it strange how each life touches so many other lives." (from Larry Barnes.)
"The reality is that you will grieve forever. You do not get over losing a loved one, but you learn to live with it. You heal and rebuild around the losses you suffer. You may be whole, but you will never be the same. Nor should you be. Nor would you want to be!" (from Elizabeth Kubler Ross)
We thought of you with love today,
but that was nothing new.
We thought about you yesterday
and days before that too.
We think of you in silence
and sometimes speak your name.
Now all we have is memories
like pictures in a frame.
Your life is now a keepsake
with which we'll never part.
God with you in His keeping;
us with you in our heart.
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