These words may not be profound, nor even merit response, but I will always in a special way remember…and love you. I know there are some, perhaps even many who shall say…”it’s been a year since Leah died…time to move on”. To this my only reply is…I have in many ways, yet I feel that in remembering; recalling the joys of what once was, heals rather than hinder. For loss is handled in many different ways. Those who have felt deaths sting may shed a few tears unexpectedly even years down the road at an approaching birthday, leaving those who surround him or her wondering what brought this on…and then they too remember why. I do not know, but I think that the first year may be the most difficult…for there are so many first that one must face…the first Christmas…the first Mother, or Fathers day, and of course…the first birthday. Yet the living must go on living…Jesus even said,”Let the dead bury the dead”. However, to reflect on the fondness of joys past brings health and life back to the soul. Today, August the 24th would have marked Leah and mines 24th year as man and wife. Two weeks later on September the 7th, we would have celebrated her birthday by the sea and its ebbing tide. Yet, it was this day that she went home to be with Jesus…In a few weeks it will have been a year since she slipped away in my arms. Many things have changed in this due course both good and bad. I am back in college seeking a degree, and I have made many…many new friends. Therefore the following poem and video is not about mourning, or grief, but about celebrating a beautiful and everlasting memory. Thus serving as a reminder to myself, that we must love with all of our heart…all of our days that God has by His grace allowed us to see.
I Will Always Love You
Though we are for this infinitesimal moment in time kept physically apart.
The joy and remembrance of my life with you will always be in my heart.
I still see you now as you looked the very first time that we met.
I see your smile; I hear your laugh, and your boundless love I shall never forget.
I remember now with fondness all the beautiful days of our lives.
And I recall with a moment of silence when in my arms you died.
I have had to move on; I have had to do what it is I must do.
But Leah, I can honestly say in joyful praise…I will always…ALWAYS love you.
J. Allen Wilson © 8/24/2009
Dedication Video For leah
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|Reviewed by Cryssa C
|Your prologue perfectly describes the cycle(s) of grief... and also the joys of remembering. Without the remembrances, how could we go on?
|Reviewed by ~ H (Reader)
|There are no words to describe this kind of love. Love Holly|
|Reviewed by Jackie (Micke) Jinks
|This leaves me speachless, Al. Just so beautiful...
Blessings and Love - Micke
|Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan
|a beautiful write-i know the pain is felt deeply and always even when tucked away in its secret place|
|Reviewed by Lori Moore
|I have never read a more beautiful tribute.|
|Reviewed by Kate Burnside
|Thank you for sharing such profound beauty and the joys of loving relationship with us, Allen. You teach us so much here. Like others have said, you must journey on at your own pace and in your own way but, with such depth of soul-love in your heart, there is no separation that is spacial, only temporal and, as you say, for a brief moment in the scheme of things. That doesn't make the pain any less or real, though. My love and prayers are with you as you continue to walk your hallowed path to peace and resolution. xx|
|Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
|Powerfully moving write, Allen; I am left gobsmacked by your words. Very well penned; bravo! I love the piccy; it's beautiful! She lives on in your heart and in this heartfelt tribute; may God continue to hold you up and give you the strength to move on with your life; you are ever in my prayers/thoughts!
(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :( >tears! <
|Reviewed by Deborah Tornillo
|J Allen: God is with you. Take whatever time you need, because I know from personal experience of losing both my mother and father only 36 days apart of each other, just a year and a half ago that my grieving is personal to me. Take how ever long you need, and yes there will be good days and bad. God has blessed you. Leah will always be with you in your heart and soul and you will always have the beautiful memories shared with her.
|Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen
|This is beautiful my thoughts are with you as you continue to grieve, yet move on with your life, loosing someone is never easy, but I can not even begin to imagine what you are going through
In Christs Love
|Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner
|What a profoundly beautiful, moving tribute to your lovely Leah, the love you shared and continue to share - Allen, I am undone by this write. What a year it's been - as you know, I lost my beloved big, strong Daddy. Has it been easy? Not even close, but we go on, in their honor, their memory - even though said memories sometimes lay us low. We have the strength of the Lord, and the love they gave us, to guide us through each day - well done, my friend. Well done.
(((HUGS))) and love, and continued prayer, Karla.
|Reviewed by Michelle Mead
|How beautiful- I am sure she hears this in heaven and you honor her in such a wonderful way. They are really always with us in our hearts. I always still feel my brother around me, and when there is so much love between two people, how can it ever disappear-you've showed that here. Great poem. Blessings, my friend, Michelle|