As her feeble old hands held the worn, torn Book
She opened it’s pages, and took a familiar look
She settled back into her comfortable chair
And said,” help me Lord”, a mother’s prayer.
The written words from a voice she still could hear
Spoken with hope and no trace of fear
She looked into the sky and it sparkled with glory
A glow of joy and here is her story.
Thank you mom, for guiding me
For showing me how a girl should be
When I was young you kept me safe
You took me to church and taught me about faith.
I’ll never forget your caring way
For doing the same thing, day after day
You stayed with me, guided me and kept me safe
You were there, you never left, you taught me about faith.
You taught me that when things are hard
And I want to give up and throw in my card,
To keep praying, to fall back on HIM
To always keep HIS light when the world is so dim.
Sometimes He reveals himself in the strangest of ways
You can’t expect it, only He knows our days
So thank you mom, for keeping me safe
because I was scared, but you guided me with faith.
Thank you for being the one precious thing,
That led me to God and the joy eternity can bring
I won’t be scared when I see God’s face
Cause you kept me safe and I turned to my faith.
And now as I sit at the threshold of Heaven
My eyes start to close on the pain of this world
I am not scared mom, even though I am five
I’m more wise than you know, in Heaven I’ll thrive.
I’ll run and I’ll play and I’ll be just fine
My soul will sparkle with a heavenly shine
I’ll see you so soon because in Heaven there’s no time
Don’t worry mom, I’m not scared, I’m totally fine.
Because you taught me I’m safe, you showed me God’s love
And I’ll always be with you, I’m watching from above
So mom, don’t be scared, go to church and still pray
Remember your faith, don’t let it fade away.
Cause I am here watching, and loving you still
I’m always there in your heart, I will fill
You with joy when you need it, so you be brave
Cause God loves you more and HE has the power to save!
So now mom, I’m teaching you! Look at me I’m still here!
Don’t be mad that I am gone, mad is scary, I fear
I want you to grow in the Lord and let me be
Exactly what you taught me, I’m safe, don’t you see.
I know that you asked if I could stay there
The Lord heard your heart and every single prayer
But if you stand back and look objectively
Where the prayers meant for you? Or were they for me?
The Lord sees more than you can see
He heard my little heart, he heard me!
He knew how hard I was fighting, how strong I had to be
And he said, it is finished, come unto me.
I’m safe! I’m okay! I’m happy, I’m blessed
I have YOU as my mom, and GOD does the rest
I can’t wait to see you and hug you again
But until then mom, be safe in the Lord please, amen.
She closed up the Book, and wiped off a tear
And wiped off some cold and residual fear
Her daughter was there, and keeping her close
To the Lord and His love and that meant the most.
Above all things God is the one thing that will keep us all safe.
And trusting in Him is the one thing we can’t waste
Cause you never know when your days are done
So love the Lord, have faith, and be safe every one.
Katie Swank 2018
I wrote this after a lot of prayer and about two years of coping. It was really healing.
to my niece,
I will always miss you. I can’t wait to see you one day. You changed my life the day you were born. And you changed it again on the day you saw Jesus. I can’t wait to see your beautiful face again.
to my sister:
A mother’s love has no end, it goes to Heaven and back again. I love you forever and ever you see, and in my heart you’ll always be.
Life with a sick baby is terribly hard. Life is forever changed. Please be so thankful for healthy children and pray so, so hard for those families that struggle with life of the opposite.
Here are some links to Children’s hospitals: