THE FARTHEST STAR
“Where is my daddy?” she turned to ask,
Pausing a moment before her prayer.
Her eyes on mine were steady and grave,
But a trembling lip betrayed her fear.
I closed my eyes as I prayed for grace
To answer with wisdom her earnest request.
I resisted the urge to burst into tears,
And hold her close to my aching breast.
“He has gone upward,” I slowly replied,
Reaching to take her by the hand.
“Come to the window and let us look out
And search the sky for that distant land.
Now look up there as far as you can;
See that point of light - the farthest star?
He has journeyed up there at God’s command,
Trillions of miles from earth and war.
Up to the very gates of Heaven
Angels have borne him on powerful wings,
Up where the air is sweet and pure
And cherubs play on golden swings.
Peace abounds in his newfound home;
Never again will he fret and grieve.
And someday we will follow him there,
But now is not the time to leave.”
A pucker formed in her tiny brow,
And grew into a mighty frown.
“But, Mommy, I miss him and want him now.
Tell the angels to bring my daddy back down.”
“Hush, my child, we can’t do that,”
I chided her gently, stroking her head.
“God has called your daddy home.”
And I tried to lead her toward her bed.
Angry and stubborn, she wouldn’t budge,
But purposely clung to the window sill
Staring out into the night,
Pitting her mind against God’s will.
I smiled and tried to make her see.
“Daddy is happier up in Heaven.
Never again will he feel pain,
Only the happiness God has given.
Heaven is filled with a golden light
Shining forever on all God’s children;
And scented by flowers forever in bloom,
Magnificent blossoms known only in Heaven.
They say that the angels sing so sweet
Their highest notes would be lost to our ear.
A breathlessness hangs on the heavenly throng
Perched on the mountaintops straining to hear.”
Now wonder shone from my daughter’s eyes.
“Oh, Mommy, can we go up there, too?”
“Yes, my dear,” I calmly replied,
“In dreams I will follow him - so can you.
If our hearts are tuned to that heavenly place,
Communion with God will follow with ease
And someday we’ll meet God face to face.
But to bed now, my little one, if you please.”
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