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No birthday card to send today
For there is no address
Only a Beautiful Garden
Where you have gone to rest
But we whisper to a special Angel 
with our hearts filled with love
"Happy Birthday, Dear Rashid"
In Heaven up above.


"Put your arms around him Lord
Don't leave him all alone,
For today is Rashid's Birthday
His seventh away from home.
No gifts or cards to show we care
But in our hearts heís always there
So loved, so missed so very dear
Precious Memories will always keep him near"


Dear Rashid,

As you sit on Jesus's knee and blow out your eighteen candles today,
Please look down from your party of angels and blow a kiss my way.
Maybe I will get it in the shape of a bird's sweet song,
Or perhaps it will be the butterfly
that I notice flying along.
Know that I love you,
As I know that you love me
And perhaps just once again you'll blow me a kiss from Jesus's knee!


You should have turned 18 today
But instead of being here, itís was Godís way

You fly around with your angel wings
And use your Halo to toss as a ring

You know its true, we all really miss you!

But giggle and smile, have fun and enjoy
For now you are playing above, with a new angel toy.

We will look up at you, and picture your smile
And have love in our hearts that could stretch for a mile.

I'm sure birthdays in heaven are so much fun
Singing and playing under the warm glowing sun.

But when your day has come to an end
Our kisses and hugs we will happily send.

For your mommie in her own little way
Wishes for you to have a wonderful Birthday!


Today is my birthday
Celebrate my life with you
And remember the good times
Not the bad and do not be sad;
Look up towards the sun
And catch every ray of light
Upon your cheek
For I am there with you.

Today is my birthday
Be happy for me
I lived a short but full, happy life
I had the pleasure of love
And the joy of my family
Do not be sad
Look up towards the stars
And catch each twinkle
In your heart
For I am there with you.

Today is my birthday
My legacy is not wealth or mighty belongings,
My legacy is you and your life.
Spend it wisely and carefully
Guard it always
Do not be sad
Feel the wind on your face and in your hair
And know that I loved you
For I am there with you, in your laughter
And in your hearts.

Today is my birthday
Learn to live again without me
Take my strength with you
For you are not alone.
Do not be sad
Feel the rain on your face
Feel all life's treasures and
Know that you  are alive!
At each step of the way
I will help you
For I am with you always
Until we meet again.

Today is my birthday....

Author Unknown


The candles are lit,
but no song will be sung.
No laughter, no glee of my little one can be  heard or seen
Today he would have been seventeen.

If you only knew the plans that would be
made by your brother and me.
The cake to be baked...the presents unwrapped...
and all the funny party hats.

The pictures taken by your brother, of course,
As loving friends fill the house.

All of this is not meant to be,
since you were taken away from me.
No birthday cake...
No presents unwrapped...
No pictures of you in your party hat.

But the candles are lit,
Never to go out.
For they burn forever in my heart.

A Special Birthday
Please, God, make them remember that
Today is a special birthday
Make them understand that
The memories don't go away
Bless them with ears to hear and hearts that care
Enable them to listen while I share
Shelter them that they may never know my pain
Help them to help me know that my childís life was not in vain
Help them to remember, Lord, that I wish that my child was here
So we could still celebrate this special day today.
Help them Lord, to understand that I still feel the nearness of my child
Help them Lord, to see beyond my smile and the words "I'm okay"
Please God, just let everyone remember

Rashidís Final Flight

Birthdays are joyous occasions,
not a time to cry, but cheer.
Even though there comes a time
when the guest of honor canít appear.

Birthdays start when life begins,
a son is placed within our care
God gave us this child to raise for Him
that while on earth his love we share.

His life was planned so very carefully.
God knew when and where it should start.
He also knew the joy that Rashid would bring
into the lives in which he had a part.

But when God loaned this child to us,
He also knew how and when he must depart
for his Eternal Home in Heaven,
yet still could dwell within our hearts.

Though we now have sadness in our hearts
when comes this celebration day.
Itís because we long to feel his touch,
for sometimes he seems so far away.

We donít need to wait for birthdays
to remember how much he meant
Because his love lives on forever,
for he touched lives where ever he went.

Yes, Rashid now has a new body.
Itís simply perfect in every way.
Heís living now in Godís great kingdom,
waiting for us some glorious day.

So we hang on to our precious memories.
Keep them close within our hearts.
And remember God only loaned him
for us to love and enjoy from the start

© Oneita Pyle



I do not need a special day
To bring you to my mind
The days I do not think of you
Are very hard to find

Each morning when I awake
I know that you are gone
And on one knows the heartache
As I try to carry on

My  heart still aches with sadness
And secret tears still flow
What it meant to lose you
No one will ever know

My thoughts are always with you
Your place no one can fill
In life I loved you dearly
In death I love you still

There will always be a heartache
And often a silent tear
But always a precious memory
Of the days when you were here

If tears could build a staircase
And heartaches make a lane
I'd walk the path to Heaven
And bring you home again.

I hold you close, within my heart
And there you will remain
To walk with me throughout my life
Until we meet again

My family chain is broken now
And nothing seems the same
But as God calls us one by one
The chain will link again.

© Connie Dyer, USA Springfield.