|When someone you love
becomes a memory, their memory becomes your
A Mother's Prayer
read at Cheryl's Memorial Service)
I thank you for giving
us six loving children, but today we are here to
remember our youngest, Cheryl. I want to remember
her as I saw her last. She was so tan, looked so
healthy, and she was happy. She had come home to
help celebrate my 75th birthday.
I want to remember her
accomplishments, which were many. But most of all
I want to remember her gentle nature and the
softness of her voice. She was so gentle and
tender. Words of someone hurting would bring
tears to her eyes. She loved animals, and she
felt their pain when they hurt. Her two German
Shepherds, Max and Jessie, were her family in
I want to remember her kindness
and her generosity. She felt pain for the
homeless. She talked to me about the homeless
people she would see in Newark as she would be
going to classes at NJIT. She would give them
money (which may not have been the best thing to
do---maybe food would have been better) , but she
couldnt pass them by.
I want to remember the
joy she and her teammates felt when she pitched
the Colonia High School softball team to its
first ever County championship, and repeated it
again the following year.
And, I want to
remember the feel of her arms around me, and in
that soft voice telling me "youre the
best Mom in the world.
What I feel the most
pride in is the fact that she made a difference
in someones life. At the end of her senior
year in Colonia High School, a vice principal
told me how happy they were to have had Cheryl
there for three years . She said Cheryl brought a
lot of good publicity to the school with her
athletic, academic and leadership qualities. She
also told me that she felt that Cheryls
influence had kept two of her teammates from
getting into serious drug problems.
Cheryl could do so
many things and do them well, but she was a
perfectionist. She didnt think others
should be perfect, but she expected that in
herself. She always thought she could do better
than she had done. With all the things she was
able to do in her 39 years, we now know how
fragile she was.
This was our Cheryl.
Lord Jesus, as we are
left with so many memories of Cheryl, we ask you
to take hold of our hands and lead us through
You once called
yourself the light of the world. You know how
much we are hurting, so please be our light in
the darkness. Help us to know that there will be
brighter days ahead and that morning always
follows the darkest night.
Thank you that we can
take refuge in the shadow of your wings and find
comfort from the storms of life.
Give us strength and
courage to greet each new day with hope in our
hearts. Lord, heal our broken hearts, and keep us close to you. Help us to find
comfort and peace in your unfailing love.
My earnest prayer is
for those who suffer from depression and
cant find any joy in living. Please take
away their fears and their pain and their sadness.
Let them know blessed peace within their hearts
Cheryl -- we miss you
and love you dearly.
|A loved one is not
gone until they are forgotten.
Cheryl, I will
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