Yesterday was the celebration of the life of the mother of one of my dearest friends.
Anyone who had the pleasure of meeting her could only say, "she was quite a gal!" She was in her eighties but you never would have known it. She had gotten more frail in the last couple of years but she still remained active and involved in her church and various organizations. She had just returned from a vacation with two of her daughters, to one of her favorite places, New Orleans. It seemed to everyone almost incomprehensible that she was gone as she had passed so suddenly. Fortunately she had no lingering illness, no pain, and no real slowing down in her active life. So when my dear friend called to tell me that her mom was gone, I did the only thing I could have done; I wrote a poem. I had written one similar to this when my own mother had passed, similar in that it is written as if her mom had written it. So, here it is.
A HEART FILLED WITH LOVE
By Patty Lynn
It’s time for celebration; my life on earth is o’er.
I’m f’nally in the Father’s arms, my happiness is more…
Than earthly words can e’er express, but you all need to know…
That though you miss me, I’m complete, my blessings overflow!
For Heaven is the place I’ve come to be here at His side.
I’m happy, healthy, I am His, and in Him, I abide.
The music here’s beyond belief, the angel choirs and all,
I wish you all could hear the strains, I can’t but be enthralled!
It’s Heavenly, that’s all that I can say about this place,
And then there is the fact that I can look into HIS face!
Remember how we wanted so to understand life’s questions,
And even wished that God would grant some possible suggestions?
Well, now the answers are all there, but here it doesn’t matter.
In fact, those things that bothered us are simply idle chatter.
I’m here with all the ones I loved, the ones that went before.
They all were there to greet me, they opened Heaven’s door.
It’s so Divine to take their hands, embracing them again,
I’m filled to overflowing, a lifetime it has been!
You all cannot imagine what perfection really is,
Or how it feels to understand, that you are truly HIS.
Please live each day as if it is the last one you will see,
You never know when He will call you here to heaven, with me.
I’ll watch you all as you adjust, I know you’ll miss me, dears,
But please take comfort, all of you, and don’t shed any tears.
An earthly life for you will be a lifetime in the making,
A journey long that’s sometimes glad but can leave your heart aching.
But Heaven holds eternity and only happiness.
God’s love consumes each moment here, my heart and soul to bless.
Remember me, but don’t be sad, I love you all, still do,
And every day and every way I’ll be a part of you.
For those we love are never gone, their love lives deep inside us,
And memories of loved ones dear can often serve to guide us…
Through times when life’s perplexing us or when we’ve lost our way,
In times of joy and happiness, their memory holds sway.
No matter what, I’m there with you; I’m not so very far.
Look high above the dark night sky; you’ll see my flickering star.
As you look up, I’m looking down, I’m watching, listening, too.
My heavenly heart is filled with love for every one of you!
Psalms 23:6 …and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord, forever.
Written in celebration of the heart & life of Phyllis Stevenson