Sunday, July 4, 2010


Hope sits still and serene at the edge of a melodious river, dangling one bare foot into the warm, blue water. Her lovely blonde ringlets reflect the light of the afternoon sun and form a shimmering halo around her young head. Though she can’t help but raise her eyes every so often to the far-off hills, He has told her to wait patiently and so she will. “I’ve got a surprise for you,” He’d promised. If she has learned anything from past experience, she’s learned that time is relative no matter where one is. Even in this youthful body, she knows that the time it takes to endure is well worth the rewards that fortitude brings.

Since patience seems to be coming much more easily than normal this day, she begins to take inventory of her new appearance. Strangely, she can not see her reflection in the water in front of her. From the moment she arrived here in this glorious place, she’s wondered about herself. There isn’t much she can learn about what’s inside; about her dreams, wishes and longings. She’s treasured all of these, along with many thoughts and questions, since the day she was conceived. It’s her outside that is so new and clean and unfamiliar.

With a little shake of her head, she can see that her hair is golden and beautiful. She reaches for a curl and lets the silky strand slide around her fingers and over the back of her hand. As she moves to examine the hand more closely, she spies a simple white butterfly hovering near her knee. She watches with innocent interest for just a moment before it flutters over to a nearby snapdragon and gracefully lands beside it in the grass.

Lifting the small, delicate hand up to eye-level seems so simple now and she marvels at the lightness of it; both in skin tone and in weight. Turning this hand right-side up, she examines the lines upon her tiny palm. Amazing, she thinks, and so real.

Her eyes follow the motion as she slowly places the hand back in her lap. Fixing her gaze on the arm for just a moment, she changes her mind about resting it and, using her newly-nimbled fingers, explores the length of the opposite arm. Leisurely, she runs her fingers up and back down. Tickles, she says to herself, as even now the new word tickles her tongue.

A slippery smoothness is caressing the bottom of her one wet foot. Her brown eyes settle on a long and shiny creature gliding through the water. Father loves fish, she thinks to herself. But just as quick as it caught her attention, the creature is gone and her mind becomes occupied elsewhere.

“She’s here,” the butterfly whispers up to the snapdragon. The flower shivers with a sudden air of excitement and replies, “So soon? I didn’t realize we’d get to see her so perfectly formed so early!” The butterfly sighs. “Yes, she’s a beauty, isn’t she? She’s just the image of perfection!” She flurries up to give the snapdragon a butterfly kiss and then takes off back into the sky in search of a honeysuckle treat.

The snapdragon proudly pulls herself up to her full height--six inches at last measurement. As she stretches her lush leaves against the warm sun’s rays, a tiny yawn escapes from her delicate, pink lips. Lifting her head to peer over the sleeping marigolds, she stands upon the tips of her toes (which are firmly rooted in the ground, of course) and sees, just over the nearest hillside, exactly what she is looking for.

“Come children, come quickly”, the Man says as he ascends the last mound of lush, emerald hilltop. He takes care not to hurry the young family, most of them less than five years old. The Man turns to face this great group of children, His very presence commanding their complete attention. He smiles warmly and lovingly, sits down on a nearby rock and takes a young Asian boy on his lap. “Children”, he says, “I want you to remember back to the first time you realized you were in Hope’s place. Be patient, be kind. Be gentle and show her love. Come. Let’s go down to the river.”

The friendly party makes their way across the honey-scented meadow. “Look”, cries the Man, “there by the water!” He stops the children and they all stand still, amazed at the way the sunlight bounces off her flaxen hair. “She looks like my Angel”, says a little Irish red-headed girl, “only my Angel is a lot bigger than that!”

“Come”, says the Man, “Let’s take some time to offer our welcome wishes to this newest reflection of me. There’s a new child in Heaven today.”


  1. I post this comment through all my tears and I can't even explain if they are happy or sad ones.

    Isn't that how we feel when a child is gone, happy for them to find their home in our glorious heaven and yet selfishly sad that they aren't here on earth with us? What a wonderful thought that God himself chose that child to be with him.

    Your writing is absolutely beautiful with all the detail. This is by far the best post I have read today- and I have read quite a few. :o)

  2. Sarah, I have goosebumps. That is so incredibly beautiful. I hope somehow many parents have an opportunity to read this. I also think the ladies on SOUL would be touched especially Bev who has children in heaven herself.

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  4. I was sent this website from a woman that I go to church with. I loved everything you have written about your beautiful angel. My daughter would have been 7 months old today, she passed away almost 2 months ago. It is a curse and a blessing to know that other people have gone through this terrible tragity. But, I thank you for sharing this and touching my heart.

  5. G'eve sweet Sarah ~ I share this same story, our Sean Ean. My eyes are filled with tears as I think of him every single day ... my arms are empty & ache & I wish things were so different that day ... but I know he is safe & happy & God will reunite us one day.

    God bless you & your little angel. I have you in my heart ...

    Have a lovely PINK summer's eve ~
    TTFN ~Hugs, Marydon

  6. Hello Sarah...

    It's such a pleasure to have you for Sunday Favorites today...and to share this wonderful writing about the life of a precious child! I'm so very thankful that we have such a loving and gracious Heavenly Father...who so loves us and who also has a divine plan for our lives! I am so sorry for your loss, my friend...of course, even as I write this...I realize that mere words cannot really express my sympathy! Your writing was sooo very sweet and precious! You have a gift, my friend! Thank you for sharing it with us for Sunday Favorites today!

    Warmest wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design

  7. Thank you so much for leading me to this, Sarah! It's beautiful! I know my baby is with them, maybe the Asian boy. I know he is happy with Jesus because I dreamt about them playing and laughing so loud. And that is what brought me peace after I lost him...Christine


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