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lilyjohn

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My children had their dad's obituary sealed in plastic for some of us. On the back of it there is something written. I think it would be good to share with those of you who have lost a loved one.

When I come to the end of my journey and I travel my last weary mile, Just forget if you can, that I ever frowned and remember only the smile. Forget unkind words I have spoken; remember some good I have done. Forget that I ever had heartache and remember I've had loads of fun. Forget that I've stumbled and blundered and sometimes fell by the way. Remember I have fought some hard battles and won , ere the close of the day. Then forget to grieve for my going, I would not have you sad for a day, but in summer just gather some flowers and remember the place where I lay, and come in the shade of the evening when the sun paints the sky in the west. Stand for a few moments beside me and remember only my best.

I don't know where they found this but it is so appropriate for Denis and probably for most of us,

I also want to share the name of a book. My son's neighbor found me alone one morning. She told me that she had been thinking about me and that she knew that no one really understood just how hard Denis' death was on me because they all knew that I had left him. She said she had something for me to read and then share with others.

I have read much of the Bible over the years and many books written about it or about God. Most quite frankly are either boring or very hard to understand. The book she gave me is different. It tells the stories in terms that we can all understand and it is a book that I would call a "feel good book".

This book is in two parts. The first part is titled "A fresh new look at God" it tells the story of Moses incounter with God in the burning bush. The second part is titled " No wonder they call him the Savior". When reading it I feel as uf God is telling me why my life has been as it has. It gives me hope.

We all know how important hope is. Often when we lose someone we no longer feel there is any hope. I would never have chosen the path that my life has taken yet I have come to believe that hope lies in the belief that God knows what He is doing. Hope lies in faith even when we don't understand all of the reasons why our lives have to be full of loss or heartache. There is always a purpose and God does not hold our mistakes against us. He just keeps giving. Faith and Hope go hand in hand :!:

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