Wednesday, May 13, 2015

3rd Anniversary...

Today, May 13th, marks the third anniversary of my oldest daughter, my firstborn, being ushered into her eternal home. I wrote this poem during the Writing Through the Heartache grief workshop by author Alice Wisler, a grieving mom herself. Writing has been instrumental in the grief process and I haven't shared much of it, but today I wanted to share this poem. Amy had delicate hands and she loved to have them held. And I loved to hold them. I miss that. 
I miss her.


tiny and weak

your newborn hands,

cradled protectively

within my own,

sweet kisses from my lips

cover them in prayer.

slender and cool

your delicate hands,

entwined  gently

within my own,

hot tears and desperate kisses

blanket them in prayer.

warm and strong

your beautiful hands,

reaching out

enfolded safely,

for all eternity

held by Another.

creased and worn,

my cold hands

rest empty,

wet with tears


silent prayers.

Written by Anne Payne
April 24th 2013

The following are Scriptures that show how much the Lord loves us and comforts us in our grief.

Matthew 5:4  “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.”

Isaiah 41:10  “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

Psalm 18:28  “You, Lord, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light.”

2 Corinthians 1:3-4  “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.”

Isaiah 43:2  “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you.  When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.”

Truly, without the love and compassion of the Lord and his constant heart, my humanness would fail to uphold me during these last three years.

Praying that each of you who are walking this road of grief feel His presence today and everyday.

~Have a blessed day in the Lord~

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The Enchanting Rose


  1. Tears are clouding my eyes as I write this. Such beautiful and tender sentiments about this sweet child you lost. My heart goes out to in your grief. Thank you sharing this part of your life and may God continue to bring you comfort and sweet memories.

  2. That is so beautiful, Anne. Thank you.

  3. I am so sorry Anne for losing your child. This was truly beautiful and I just want to reach out and give you a big hug today. Take care and you are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Julie xo

  4. Anne, such beautiful and tender words from a broken heart. I remember those sweet hands and gentle touch. Wrapping you in prayer today ((((you)))) and in the peace of Jesus. Love U. Xoxo

  5. I'm so sorry, Anne! Hugs for a difficult day, my friend! What a beautiful tribute to your daughter. xo

  6. I'm so very sorry that you've experienced the loss of a child. Your poem is so beautiful and brought tears to my eyes. I can feel your raw pain and emotion and also your hope in eternity. God bless you Anne. Hugs. Pam

  7. Beautiful poem written from the heart!!!!!! Thanks for sharing. Hugs and prayers! It is so hard to lose a loved one.
    Susan in NC

  8. My dear, sweet Anne, how I admire you and the love you have for your precioue daughter. Tears have filled my eyes and the love and heartache that you expressed in your words has greatly touched my heart. Thinking of you, dear friend, and keeping you in my prayers. Love being sent your way!

  9. What beautiful words you have written, Anne, in remembrance of your daughter. I am so sorry for your loss, and I know you have a hole in your heart. Thank you for sharing your lovely poem.

  10. What a sweet poem written for your daughter. I'm so sorry for your loss.

  11. Oh my you have brought back thoughts of my little one I lost, such a great idea to write a poem for her, wonderful thoughts! So sorry for your loss!

  12. Thank you all so much for such sweet and caring words. The Lord gives me strength each day to face life without her precious presence.


I am so delighted that you've taken time to come by and comment. Blessings for a joy-filled day!

1 Corinthians 1:3 ~ Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.