Letter From Heaven

To my dearest family,
some things I'd like to say

But first of all, to let you know,
that I arrived okay.

I'm writing this from heaven.
Here I dwell with God above.

Here, there's no more tears of sadness;
here is just eternal love.

Please do not be unhappy
just because I'm out of sight.

Remember that I'm with you every
morning, noon, and night.

That day I had to leave you when
my life on earth was through,

God picked me up and hugged me and
He said, "I welcome you."

It's good to have you back again;
you were missed while you were gone.

As for your dearest family,
they'll be here later on.

I need you here badly;
you're part of my plan.

There's so much that we have to do,
to help our mortal man."

God gave me a list of things, that
he wished for me to do.

And foremost on the list, was
to watch and care for you.

And when you lie in bed at night,
the day's chores put to flight.

God and I are closest to you
in the middle of the night.

When you think of my life on earth,
and all those loving years

because you are only human,
they are bound to bring you tears.

But do not be afraid to cry;
it does relieve the pain.

Remember there would be no flowers,
unless there was some rain.

I wish that I could tell you
all that God has planned.

But if I were to tell you,
you wouldn't understand.

But one thing is for certain,
though my life on earth is o'er.

I'm closer to you now,
than I ever was before.

There are many rocky roads ahead of you
and many hills to climb;

but together we can do it by
taking one day at a time.

It was always my philosophy and
I'd like it for you too...

that as you give unto the world,
the world will give to you.

If you can help somebody who's
in sorrow and pain,

then you can say to God at night.
"My day was not in vain."

And now I am contented that
my life has been worthwhile,

knowing as I passed along the way,
I made somebody smile.

So if you meet somebody who
is sad and feeling low,

just lend a hand to pick him up,
as on your way you go.

When you're walking down the street,
and you've got me on your mind;

I'm walking in your footsteps
only half a step behind.

And when it's time for you to go
from that body to be free,

remember you're not going
you're coming here to me.


Ruth Ann Mahaffey

ęCopyright 1998-2002


After Glow

I'd like the memory of me
to be a happy one.
I'd like to leave an after glow
of smiles when life is done.

I'd like to leave an echo
whispering softly down the ways,
Of happy times and laughing times
and bright and sunny days.

I'd like the tears
of those who grieve,
to dry before the sun
of happy memories
that I leave when life is done.

I'm Free

Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free
I'm following the path God has laid you see.
I took His hand when I heard him call
I turned my back and left it all.

I could not stay another day
To laugh, to love, to work, to play.
Tasks left undone must stay that way
I found that peace at the close of day.

If my parting has left a void
Then fill it with remembered joy.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss
Oh yes, these things I too will miss

Be not burdened with times of sorrow
I wish you the sunnshine of tomorrow.
My life's been full, I savored much
Good friends, good times, a loved one's touch.

Perhaps my time seemed all too brief
Don't lenghten it now with undue grief.
Lift up your hearts and peace to thee
God wanted me now;
He set me free.

When Tomorrow Starts Without ME

When tomorow starts without me,
and I'm not there to see,
IF the sun should rise and find your eyes
All filled with tears for me;
I wish so much you wouldn't cry
The way you did today,
While thinking of the many things,
We didn't get to say.

I know how much you love me,
As much as I love you,
And each time that you think of me,
I know you'll miss me too;
But when tomorrow starts without me,
Please try to understand,
That an angel came and called my name,
And took me by the hand.

She said my place was ready,
In heaven far above,
And that I'd have to leave behind
All those that I dearly love.
But as I turned to walk away.
A tear fell from my eye
For all my life, I'd always thought,
I didn't want to die.

I had so much to live for,
So much left to do,
It seemed almost impossible,
That I was leaving you.
I thought of all the yesterdays,
The good ones and the bad,
I thought of all the love we shared,
And all the fun we had.

If I could relive yesterday,
Just even for awhile,
I'd say goodbye and kiss you
And maybe see you smile.
But then I fully realized,
That this could never be,
For emptiness and memories,
Would take the place of me.

And when I thought of wordly things,
I might miss come tomorrow,
I thought of you, and when I did,
My heart was filled with sorrow
But when I walked through heaven's gates,
I felt so much at home.
When God looked down and smiled at me,
From his great golden throne.

He said,"This is eternity
And all I've promised you."
Today your life on earth is past,
But here life starts anew.
I promise no tomorow,
But today will always last,
And since each day's the same way
There's no longng for the past.

You have been so faithful,
So trusting and so true.
Though there were times
You did some things
You knew you shouldn't do.
But you have been forgiven
And now at last your free.
So won't you come and take my hand
And share my life with me?

So when tomorrow starts without me,
Don't think we're far apart,
For every time you think of me,
I'm right here, in your heart.

David M. Romano