A REFLECTION BY DAVID HANKIN
You can shed tears that she is gone
or smile because she has lived.
You can close your eyes and pray that she’ll come back
or you can open your eyes and see all she has left behind
Your heart can be empty because you cannot see her
or you can be full of the love you shared.
MISS ME BUT LET ME GO
When I come to the end of the Road
And the sun has set for me
I want no rites in a gloom filled room
Why cry for a soul set free?
Miss me a little, but not too long
And not with your head bowed love
Remember the love that we once shared
Miss me but let me go
For this is a journey we all must take
And each must go alone
It's part of the Master's plan
A step on the road to home
When you are lonely and sick of heart
Go to friends we know
And bury your sorrow in doing
Miss me but let me go
A Little Parable about mothers
The young mother set foot on the path of life.
“Is the way long?” She asked.
And the guide said: “Yes. And the way is hard. And you will be old before you reach the end of it. But the end will be better than the beginning.”
But the young mother was happy, and she could not believe that anything could be better than these years. So she played with her children, and gathered flowers for them along the way, and bathed with them in the clear streams and the young mother cried “Nothing will ever be lovelier that this.”
Then night came, and storm, and the path was dark, and the children shook with fear and cold, and the mother drew them close and covered them with her mantle and the children said, “Mother, we are not afraid, for you are near, and no harm can come.” And the mother said, “This is better than the brightness of day, for I have taught my children courage.”
And the morning came, and there was a hill ahead, and the children climbed and grew weary, and the mother was weary, but at all times she said to the children, “A little patience and we are there.” So the children climbed and when they reached the top they said, “Mother we would not have done this without you”
And the mother, when she lay down at night, looked up at the stars and said: “This is a better day than the last, for my children have learned fortitude in the face of hardness. Yesterday, I gave them courage. Today I have given them strength.”
And the next day came strange clouds, which darkened the earth – clouds of war and hate and evil, and the children groped and stumbled, and the mother said, “Look up. Lift your eyes to the light.” And the children looked and saw above the clouds an Everlasting Glory, and it guided them and brought them beyond the darkness. And that night the mother said, This is the best day of all, for I have shown my children God.”
And the days went on, and the weeks and the months and the years, and the mother grew old, and was little and bent. But her children were tall and strong, and walked with courage. And when the way was hard, they helped their mother; and when the way was rough, they lifted her, for she was as light as a feather. And at last they came to a hill, and beyond they could see a shining road and golden gates flung wide.
And the mother said: “I have reached the end of my journey. And now I know the end is better than the beginning, for my children can walk alone, and their children after them.” And the children said, “You will always walk with us Mother, even when you have gone through the gates.”
And they stood and watched her as she went on alone, and the gates closed after her. And they said “We cannot see her, but she is with us still. A mother like ours is more than a memory. She is a living presence.”