In Memory of the Bear.
Before I post today’s worthy causes I wanted to take a moment and share a little something. 3-28-2008 My niece Sharon Marie Reed passed on she was 12. She was disconnected from life support after months of battling for her life against her own body. Today’s Worthy Causes will be dedicated in her honor. I love you Share Bear, and I miss you like mad.
The following are from a couple of posts that I put on her care pages shortly after her passing. The first is a poem by Rudyard Kipling and the second was something I dashed off in remembrance of Sharon, that my sister ended up having me read at Sharon’s service.
Just something I’d like to share…..
If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you
But make allowance for their doubting too,
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:
If you can dream–and not make dreams your master,
If you can think–and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it all on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on!”
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings–nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much,
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And–which is more–you’ll be a Man, my son!
Grieve not For Sharon
Grieve not for Sharon’s loss because she lost nothing, she gained life eternal with our lord Jesus Christ and the almighty God our heavenly father. She is home with her father now. Remember her full of life, she never wasted a second of it. Remember that devilish grin, that spark of trouble in her eye. God has called Sharon home, and she has heeded his call so do not grieve for her, she is without pain, and she waits for us to join her at the table of our father God.
Grieve for yourselves, and for us, we have lost a truly remarkable friend, and loved one. Grieve for us, we lost a fantastic example of how to love God even in the darkest moments of our life, how to keep pressing forward when all looks lost. Grieve for all the lessons that we took for granted while we had her here with us, Grieve for the lessons that will not come in the future.
She was full of live never wasting a second of it.
She was full of love.
She was also full of pee and vinegar.
Remember her and the lessons that we should have learned sooner through this little miracle.
1) Never falter in your love of God and Jesus
2) Never falter in your love of family and friends
3) Never falter in your love of mankind
4) Live each moment enjoy each second of your life don’t watch it go by go run after it tackle it, then tickle the hell out of it.
I’m gonna miss you being around kiddo, I love you very much, but your home with your daddy now and God.
I’m sorry that you only briefly got to see Sera, but at least she got to meet one of the strongest people I ever knew, and loved.
You’ll never leave us as long as we carry you in our hearts and minds you were one of the greatest miracles in this family, and reminder to fight, and to love with all your heart all the time. Thank you baby doll for everything you gave us.
Fly home to the your Daddy, and to God on the wings of angels.
till we next meet I love you and I’m gonna miss you, but I will see you again.
Father in heaven, thank you for the time that we had with Sharon, thank you for the love and light she brought in our lives, please help us have the strength to get through this ordeal, and remind us not of her at the time of her passing but her in her life. She was full of life, in her short life she never wasted any of it she loved and enjoyed her life nearly always grinning that evil little smile.
We don’t know why you took her from us, we may not understand that lesson or reason for some time we beg of you lord the strength to endure until we can understand, we beg that you grant us the ability to not harden our hearts in this dark hour. Sharon has come home and she is with you and Tim now, that I thank you. Amen