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I never heard this song before today. It fits in so perfectly with the memorial ornament I purchased.
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WITH HOPE–STEVEN CURTIS CHAPMAN

This is not at all how
We thought it was supposed to be
We had so many plans for you
We had so many dreams
And now you’ve gone away
And left us with the memories of your smile
And nothing we can say
And nothing we can do
Can take away the pain
The pain of losing you, but …

We can cry with hope
We can say goodbye with hope
‘Cause we know our goodbye is not the end, oh no
And we can grieve with hope
‘Cause we believe with hope
(There’s a place by God’s grace)
There’s a place where we’ll see your face again
We’ll see your face again

And never have I known
Anything so hard to understand
And never have I questioned more
The wisdom of God’s plan
But through the cloud of tears
I see the Father’s smile and say “Well done”
And I imagine you
Where you wanted most to be
Seeing all your dreams come true
‘Cause now you’re home
And now you’re free, and …

We can cry with hope
We can say goodbye with hope
‘Cause we know our goodbye is not the end, oh no
And we can grieve with hope
‘Cause we believe with hope
(There’s a place by God’s grace)
There’s a place where we’ll see your face again
We’ll see your face again

We have this hope as an anchor
‘Cause we believe that everything
God promised us is true, so …

So we can cry with hope
And say goodbye with hope

We wait with hope
And we ache with hope
We hold on with hope
We let go with hope

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For quite a while I have been looking for a Christmas ornament that really reminded me of Dekar.  Today, I found it.  I’ve been having some rough days and finding an ornament in memory of Dekar helped to lighten my mood and make my soul smile.  It isn’t really an “ornament”, but that’s okay. 

Here it is:

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Although I miss Dekar like crazy I have the promise that I will see him again; I have HOPE because of Christ.  A little boy, joyfully displaying a HOPE balloon caught my attention, and I knew it was meant for me. 

“Hope is symbolized in Christian iconography by an anchor.  And what does an anchor do?  It keeps the ship on course when wind and waves rage against it.  But the anchor of hope is sunk in heaven, not on earth.”

~~Gregory Floyd,  A Grief Unveiled

(The above figurine can be found hereWillow Tree® by Susan Lordi –“Hope”, stock #26163)

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