It has been a little over a month since our precious dashchund left our loving arms. My husband and I have both experienced great sorrow over her absence. And, these past few weeks have already felt like an eternity.
I recently ran across a poem while searching through some vintage books. The poetry was so beautiful that it simply took my breath away. My eyes immediately started welling up with tears. I knew after reading and re-reading this verse I had to incorporate it in a special remembrance work of art.
" It is faith that bridges the land of breath
To the realms of the souls departed,
That comforts the living in days of death,
And strengthens the heavy-hearted.
It is faith in his dream that keeps a man
Face front to the odds about him,
And he shall conquer who thinks he can.
In spite of the throngs who doubt him.
Each must stand in the court of life
And pass through the hours of trial;
He shall tested be by the rules of strife,
And tried for his self-denial.
Time shall bruise his soul with loss of friends,
And frighten him with disaster,
But he shall find when the anguish ends
That of all things faith is master.
So keep your faith in God above,
And faith in the righteous truth,
It shall bring you back to the absent love,
And the joys of a vanished youth.
You shall smile once more when your tears are dried,
Meet trouble and swiftly rout it,
For faith is the strength of the soul inside
And lost is the man without it."
Nothing could ever take
the place of our sweet Ally,
but we have been given a gift.
Darling little Annabel has come
into our lives very unexpectedly.
And once again, I find my
heart full of joy, and a
renewed feeling of hope.