Prayer to Cathy

Give me strength my darling,
That I may find a way
To stop the pain that haunts me
All night and through the day.

'Twas in love that I conceived you,
And in love 1 watched you go
To God our wondrous maker
for reasons 1 do not know.

Yet that He does love you,
And need you just as I,
1 send you freely darling
To your home where God abides.

I ask for strength my darling,
To live this life ordained
To take my cross and follow
Until we meet again.

To live my life with others
Some who share the pain,
To share the world with laughter
When sadness shadows same.

'Tis a journey we all encounter
A one way ticket blessed
By God our Heavenly Father
In whose love, we rest.

We know not when He'll call us,
Or how that call will come,
But it's a call we all must answer
When this life's work is done.

So pray
for me my darling
That I shall not be ashamed,
To meet my God, my maker,And hold you in my arms again.

                   (c) Helen Catherine Cramer


   A grieving mother is Helen Cramer who has written two beautiful books, Tomorrow's Dawn and Day By Day.
They are about a mother coping with her first year of grief after the death of her beautiful daughter, Cathy.
    Poetry came as a spontaneous reaction to Helen after Cathy's death;
here is a beautiful verse written in August 1981 entitled '
Prayer To Cathy':