To My Family and Friends -submitted by Jen Irvin

When tomorrow starts without me,
And I am not there to see;
If the sun should rise and find your eyes,
All filled with tears for me;
I wish so much you would not cry,
The way you did today,
While thinking of the many things we did not 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,
Than an Angel came and called my name,
And took me by the hand;
And said my place was ready
In Heaven far above,
And that I'd have to leave behind
All those 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 did not want to die.
I had so much to live for,
So much yet here 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 loves we shared
And all the fun we had.
 
If I could relive the yesterdays,
Just even for a while,
I'd say good-bye and kiss you
And hope to see you smile.
 
But then I fully realized
That this could never be,
For emptiness and memories,
Would take the place of me
 
And then I thought of worldly 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 golden throne,
He said, "This is eternity, and all I've promised you."
 
"For today life on earth has passed,
And here it starts anew.
I promise not tomorrow,
But today will always last,
And since today's the same day,
There's no longing for the past."
 
"But you have been so faithful
So trusting and so true.
Though there were times you did some things,
You know you shouldn't do.
You have been forgiven and now at last you're free.
So won't you 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
 
                              -Ruth Carter Bourdon
 
In Memory of Nancy Rowley,
Sarah Brady,            
Morgan Benton and LD Wilson