Happy New Year
I was prompted to write in my blog today for my blogger friend Muhd Imran from Singapore. I read his blog earlier today and saw that on Jan 4th his family was told their father had one week to live. I have been following this kind and loving family for quite sometime now and I couldn't help but cry, genuinely sad for them and knowing the difficulties in saying goodbyes. I've never been real good at them. But it made me remember a poem I wrote in 1982 and have given often to friends who have had loved ones die or to friends who were terminally ill, and I promised Muhd that I would try and find this poem and post it for him tonight. It wasn't where I thought it was, but I looked in a bag in my bedroom where I'd stashed some writings and found it immediately. I dedicate this to Muhd and his father and large extended family, and I pray they can all find peaceful loving ways to be together this week of a new year.
Lord, give me courage everyday
To believe Your Way is my way
Help me through the darkened hours
Show me fragrant blooms of flowers
Make me give more than I take
Lift me up should my heart break
Light each path I'm headed for
If I knock, unlock the door
Let me always love and grow
With grace my faith will always show
Help me smile when one won't come
Give me peace when day is done
Let me ease pain with my touch
And, Lord, if it's not asking much
When it's time my Soul takes flight
I will trust the timing's right
But, please, before my body dies...
...give me time to say good-byes.
-Kyle Lynn Haswell, 1982
Love and blessings from your
SisSTAR Kyle xo