Donald was a very trusting and loving soul. No matter how many times those he chose to call his "friend" betrayed him, he refused to see the dark side of their nature, and was always forgiving. He was a true Christian in every sence of the word. All he ever wanted out of life was to love and be loved in return.
I remember the night we celebrated his
long recovery from his near fatal accident. He was so excited when he heard the band's leader announce: "This one's for Don from his 'big sis'. He almost bought the farm! Welcome back man! Live long and prosper!"
A tear came to my eye as I watched him
dance to "I Believe".
With his child like wonder and enthusiasm, he ran back to me saying: "I never had anyone dedicate a song to me before! What am I suposed to do now?"
"Live long and prosper Don! Just, live long and prosper!"
Little did either one of us know at the time that this was not to be, and within three short years he'd be gone.
I was only seven when Donald entered this world, but even then I somehow knew that he was a little lost lamb, and I his guardian angel. Oh how I tried to guide and protect him from harm.
All too soon I learned that God has His plan and there is nothing mortal man can do to alter the course He has laid out for each and every one of us.
I was given his Bible as a rememberance of him. As I read the scriptures he had underlined, I noticed, when arranged in a certain order, they formed a prayer. Also, tucked in the back of his Bible, was a song he had written after learning of his terminal illness. I know he intended it
to be shared with others.
What a better tribute to his memory than to share his "song" and "prayer" with those who seek the comfort and peace that it
brought him during his final days.
Don, I will be your voice. I will spread your message for you. You are not forgotten and your life did matter! I miss you, and pray that one day we will be reunited.
TO THE CIRCUS LITTLE CHILD,
YOU ARE BORN!
YOU ARE FREE TO TRAVEL
YOU ARE FREE TO ROME.
COME ALONG, SING A SONG
BRING A FRIEND OR TWO.
COME ALONG, SING A SONG
BUT DON'T BE ANYONE'S FOOL.
THERE ARE RULES IN THE CIRCUS
THAT YOU MUST PROTECT.
THERE ARE RULES IN THE CIRCUS,
IF YOU BRAKE THEM, YOU'LL REGRET.
IF YOU BRAKE A RULE IN THE CIRCUS
IT'S NOT AN INSTANT DEATH.
EVEN THOUGH YOUR DAYS ARE NUMBERED
YOU SLOWLY GO ON TILL YOUR LAST BREATH.
FAREWELL TO THE CIRCUS LITTLE CHILD
HOW ARE YOU?
DID YOU LIVE LONG AND PROSPER
OR DID YOU BRAKE ALL THE RULES?
"And to you who are troubled;
rest with us. When the Lord Jesus
shall be revealed
from heaven with his mighty angels."
"Give ear to my prayer, Oh God,
and hide not thy self from my
"The Lord looked down from heaven
upon the childern of men to see if
there were any that did understand,
and seek God.".......Psalms 14:2
"Lord, make me to know mine end
and the measure of my days. What
it is that I may know how frail
I am."............Psalms 39:4
"And he said unto them, It is
not for you to know the times
or the seasons, which the Father
hath put into His own power."
"Oh spare me that I may recover
stregnth beore I depart and am
no more."..........Psalms 39:3
"Even the youths shall faint
and be weary, and the young men
shall utterly fall. But, they that
wait upon the Lord shall renew
their strength; they shall mount
up with wings like eagles; they
shall run, and not be weary; and
they shall walk, and not faint."
"I will bless the Lord at all
times; His praises shall continually
be in my mouth."....Psalms 34:1
"Peace I leave with you,
my peace I give unto you;
not as the world giveth, give
I unto you. Let not your heart
be troubled, neither let it be
"I will praise thee forever,
because thou hast done it: and
I will wait on thy name; for it
is good before thy saints."
"My son, attend to my words,
incline thine ear unto my sayings." ...............Proverbs 4:20
"Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that hearith my word, and
believeth on Him that sent me,
hath everlasting life, and shall
not come into judgement, but is
passed from death unto everlasting
"Surely goodness and mercy shall
follow me all the days of my life;
and I will dwell in the house of
the Lord forever"....Psalms 23:6
"For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, That who so ever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."
"And this is the promise that He hath promised us, even eternal life" ....John 1:25
"The Lord Jesus Christ be with you, Thy spirit be with thy spirit. Grace be with you." AMEN ....Timothy 4:22
As a child, my favorite bed time story was "Jesus Understood".
It told about a young
boy named Johnny who was gravely ill
in a hospital ward. The boy in the bed
next to him told him that every night
Jesus would walk through the ward and
would take anyone who wanted to go
'home' with Him. All he had to do was
to hold his hand up high for Jesus
But Jonny was too
weak to raise his hand, and feared
Jesus would pass him by.
That night, his friend proped up Jonny's arm with pillows for him in hopes that Jesus would see it when he passed through the ward.
In the morning, Johnny's hand was still
raised high, but he had passed.
Donalds last word, before he passed, was "Jesus". I know with every fiber in my
being, that Donald is at peace with his
heavenly father, and free from the torment that filled his earthly days.
I shared a special bond with Donald. Although I couldn't be by his side or hold his hand up for him for Jesus to see, God, in his mysterious wisdom, allowed me to be with him,
At the exact moment Donald drew in his last breath, I too, so many miles away, drew in an involentay deep breath that totally over whelmed me with a tremendous sence of peace and well being.
I knew, without having to be told, that Donald was gone from this earth, but he will always live deep within my heart.
That night, as I looked up at the star-less night sky through my tears, one single star appeared. It took the shape of a cross and my heart was filled with the comfort that Donald was finely at peace. He was home. Praise God, he was home!
We must always remember to never put a question mark where God has put a period.
"Let It BE"
REMEMBERING OUR DEARLY DEPARTED
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