By Jean Willett
Today, a fellow writer is suffering the loss of her husband. She’s a writer, a mother, a wife and an artist. She wears her many hats with joy and tonight she sheds tears for a love lost too soon. We all face life that may crush our spirit, our creativity, our very soul, but with time we find our way out of the abyss and see the light. God wants the best for us, leads us if we’ll follow and is always available. So, we must learn to lean in times of crisis on cherished friends and family members. My heart goes out to her tonight and my prayers for strength in the coming days as she takes on each moment.
My family passes along a poem by Janice M. Fair-Salter, from her book
“Voices From Beyond”. The poem is gentle in spirit and soothes a wounded soul:
I AM FREE
Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free
I am following the path God laid for me
I took His hand when I heard Him call,
I turned my back and left it all.
I could not stay another day
To laugh, to love, to work or play.
Tasks left undone must stay that way.
I found that peace at the close of the day.
If my parting has left a void,
Then fill it with remembered joy.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss
Ah, these things I, too, will miss.
Be not burdened with time of sorrow,
I wish for you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life’s been full, I savored much.
Good friends, good times,
A loved one touched.
Perhaps my time seemed all too brief
Don’t lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your heart and share with me.
God wanted me now; He set me free.
Jean Willett is a three-time Golden Heart Finalist in Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart competition. A multi-award winning author, she loves escaping into a story, whether it’s mystery, romance or women’s fiction. A former chemist, Jean now prefers the chemistry on the page. Her years as a Navy brat traveling everywhere give a rich tapestry of material for her stories.