Denise Amber Lee

I smiled the day the spark of light began in your mother’s womb,
And I cried.

I smiled the day you entered this world and took your first breath,
And I cried.

I smiled the day you took your first step, said Momma and Dada the first time,
And I cried.

I smiled when you learned to ride the two wheeled bicycle, read your first words and tie your shoes,
And I cried.

I smiled when you went to church, learned all the Bible stories, talked about Noah’s Ark and gave your life to Christ,
And I cried.

I smiled when you went on your first date, learned to drive and called home to say you would be home later than you were supposed to,
And I cried.

I smiled when you found the love of your life, became a wife, a mother and teacher to your children,
And I cried.

I was with you always, smiling at your loving face, your heart of gold and your love for your family, your friends and for me.
And I cried.

I held your hand when you were frightened by thunderstorms, when the imaginary monster was under your bed and when you had times of doubt about life,
And I cried.

I smiled each time you said your prayers, practiced acts of kindness, shared love to those who needed it,
And I cried.

I held your hand when you skinned your knees, walked into a strange place and when you made important life changing decisions,
And I cried.

I smiled that day, when you fed your children, dressed them, hugged and loved them for the last time,
And I cried.

I cried because the real monster I had known about all these years finally became real to you also. I held your hand and hugged you as tight as I could but the monster did not know or respect me. The monster does not love or feel, it just takes. In those final moments of your precious earthly life I comforted you, and I cried with you. I cried for you and my tears fell as rain upon the ground. Now, all your fears and pains are gone and the monster can no longer hurt you. You have come home to this place called paradise where only good resides. There are no fears, no pains, and no monsters. Here there are only angels and souls set apart from the rest by the salvation found through my Son.

Welcome, my child, to heaven.

© 2008 Alden L. Doane