Land of Celebration

One month more than a year ago
Our lives drastically changed
From our lighthearted communication
To your silence and helplessness –
From our choice to a one-way street –
No turning back
No turning back

You were my inspiration then –
As now – living one day at a time –
Ever trusting – ever hoping –
Whatever we needed God gave us –
We were safe in His hands and quiet –
No turning back
No turning back

We’re holding hands together now
In the valley of the shadow –
We’ve never been alone –
Yet distance grows between us –
You sleep deeply many hours –
No turning back
No turning back

Steadily heading in one direction –
Medically you’re ever declining –
Spiritually – ascending – until –
Jesus extends His hand to you
And you drop mine willingly –
No turning back
No turning back

The Lord is our Shepherd – We
Shall never suffer lack –
We’ll meet again another day –
Separation soon to be forgotten
In the land of joyous celebration –
No turning back
No turning back

By Carol Ann Hoel © August 7, 2012


Psalm 23 – The Bible – KJV

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

About Carol Ann Ritchey

Life is good because God is good.
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9 Responses to Land of Celebration

  1. pattisj says:

    …until Jesus extends His hand…
    We never know when that day will be for any of us, but one day…Glory. Loved this post!


  2. Sharmishtha says:

    this is so painful for a person who loves. may god bless your heart with more courage and love my precious friend.


  3. Patricia says:

    The depth of your faith is inspiring…


  4. This is a beautiful poem with a beautiful, beautiful message.


    • Thank you, Jessie. My heart is sewn to my husband’s in love’s scarlet threads. We will not easily separate, but when we must, it will only be for a time until we celebrate together again. I couldn’t make the transition without Jesus. With Jesus, the sky is ours to navigate together, Jesus and all of us called by His name. Blessings to you, Jessie…


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