Thursday, February 3, 2011

Her Sweet Face

Sweet, beautiful Lois, about whom I wrote here, died peacefully at her family's home this morning.  She is free from cancer, free from pain, and sharing her smile with eternity.

But her death leaves behind grieving family and friends.  There are no words to comfort right now. 

There are others who have shared the same, awful pain of losing a child.  So I will share those words rather than attempt to write my own.  After the tragic death of his daughter, Maria, singer/songwriter Steven Curtis Chapman wrote:

Heaven is the face of a little girl
With dark brown eyes
That disappear when she smiles.
Heaven is the place
Where she calls my name
Says, “Daddy please come play with me for awhile.”

God, I know, it’s all of this and so much more,
But God, You know, that this is what I’m aching for.
God, you know, I just can’t see beyond the door.
So right now...

Heaven is the sound of her breathing deep,
Lying on my chest, falling fast asleep while I sing.
And Heaven is the weight of her in my arms,
Being there to keep her safe from harm while she dreams

And God, I know, it’s all of this and so much more,
But God, You know, that this is what I’m longing for
God, you know, I just can’t see beyond the door.

But in my mind’s eye I can see a place
Where Your glory fills every empty space.
All the cancer is gone,
Every mouth is fed,
And there’s no one left in the orphans’ bed.
Every lonely heart finds their one true love,
And there’s no more goodbye,
And no more not enough,
And there’s no more enemy.

Heaven is a sweet, maple syrup kiss
And a thousand other little things I miss with her gone.
Heaven is the place where she takes my hand
And leads me to You,
And we both run into Your arms.

Oh God, I know, it’s so much more than I can dream.
It’s far beyond anything I can conceive.
So God, You know, I’m trusting You until I see
Heaven in the face of my little girl,
Heaven in the face of my little girl.

Please pray with me for Lois' family and friends as they remember her and grieve her passing. 


  1. Oh!I`m so sorry!I will pray for this family!

  2. What a sweet sweet song. It helps to be reminded that there will be no more pain and suffering. But I cannot even begin to imagine what it must be like for her family and friends. I have added a prayer for them for peace.

    I'm glad to see you blogging and your posts are an inspiration. I used to blog regularly but got out of it for almost a year before and after my surgery. Am getting back in the swing and it is good to see some familiar faces.

    I miss your beautiful smile. Hope you are doing well.

  3. I am having a hard time getting my comment to post but I'll try again.
    I mainly had said that that was a beautiful song. Hopefully it helps family and friends to cope but I cannot imagine going through what they are.

    I have enjoyed reading a few of your posts and am glad you have entered the blogosphere.

    I have missed your beautiful smile.

  4. (I knew that was going to happen...sigh)