One year ago today, the world lost Lily and Heaven gained one of its most precious angels. When I hear the words “Rest in Peace,” I don’t think of Lily…I can only imagine her running around, laughing, singing, and dancing, full of the infectious charm that captivated everyone who met her during her 2 and 1/2 years on Earth.
My heart aches for Lauren and Lily on obvious occasions, like today, Lily’s one year angelversary, and at other, seemingly random moments, when we take part in activities with the girls and I realize, with a pang of guilt and pain, that it’s something Lily will never do.
The pain of what happened one year ago is so vast, so overwhelming, and still so raw that it’s hard to see past it. There is no understanding why, no reason for the loss of an innocent life, no moment when it all makes sense.
There’s just getting through it every day, hoping and praying that in the end, there is a plan, and there is eternal love.
Until that moment comes, I wanted to share with you all a poem that Lily’s grandmother wrote. The poems were given away at what would have been Lily’s third birthday party, and mine has hung on my fridge ever since. It has brought me so much comfort. The poem, written before Lily’s death, is a beautiful reminder of the preciousness of the life we lead, unbroken, every day.
Sometimes We Take For Granted
By: Lynette Furneaux, August 2001
Our children that God has given us
We often oversee
How special that they truly are
Special to you and me.
Sometimes it takes a tragedy
It’s really hard to say
To appreciate the gifts we have
In each and every way.
So never take for granted
The gifts from God above
Don’t ever let a day go by
Without showing them your love.
Hold your children close tonight
Give a great big kiss and hug
Then kneel down upon one knee
And thank the Lord above.
If you have these children
As healthy as can be
Please consider all the families
Not as fortunate as you and me.
So whether it be today
Or maybe even tomorrow
Find a family who is in need
Help ease their pain and sorrow.
If you haven’t already, please like Justice for Lily on Facebook to honor Lily’s memory. And the family is asking everyone to light a candle for Lily at 1:52 PM and let it burn the rest of the day.
Love you angel Lily. We will never forget you and your family is forever in our hearts–they are changing the world with their faith, hope, and love–just like you did.