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WORLDWIDE CANDLE LIGHTING

THE SECOND SUNDAY IN DECEMBER
at 7:00 p.m. around the world

music playing: DECEMBER

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IN MEMORY OF
Lucas Christopher Ross "Luke"
21
October 31, 1979 - April 3, 2001
Acute Bronchopneumonia

















ANGEL

~ as performed by Sarah McLachlan


Spend all your time waiting for that second chance
For the break that would make it okay
There's always some reason to feel not good enough
And it's hard at the end of the day

I need some distraction, a beautiful release
Memories seep from my veins
Let me be empty, oh and weightless, and maybe
I'll find some peace tonight

In the arms of the angel, fly away from here
From this dark, cold hotel room, and the endlessness that you fear
You are pulled from the wreckage of your silent reverie
You're in the arms of the angel, may you find some comfort here

So tired of this straight line, and everywhere you turn
There's vultures and thieves at your back
The storm keeps on twisting, you keep on building the lies
That you make up for all that you lack

It don't make no difference, escaping one last time
It's easier to believe
In this sweet madness, oh this glorious sadness
That brings me to my knees

You're in the arms of the angel, may you find some comfort here







Death is not extinguishing the light;
it is putting out the lamp because dawn has come.
~ Rabindranath Tagore








A CANDLE FLICKERS

A candle flickers through the night
With a gentle peaceful glow,
As shadows dance upon the wall
And memories begin to flow.

Yesterday was full of sunshine
That somehow slipped away.
And all of those tomorrows
Illuminate another day.

But today there is a candle
That will flicker through the night
And shine upon a broken heart
With a peaceful angel light.

© 2010 Christine Ross
~ in memory of Lucas Christopher Ross 1979 - 2001










The light in children's eyes is the reflection of Heaven peeking through.
~unknown










THE ANGEL CRIED


I gazed up at the statue
As I stood there at her feet.
The Angel of Hope was saddened.
Then she began to weep.

I watched her as a teardrop
Streaked slowly down her face.
I looked around at all the names
Surrounding her in this place.

I thought how weary she must be
From carrying every child
Across the sky to heaven,
Away from us, ...for awhile.

I wondered why she was so sad.
She knew the children had a home.
It was then I realized that her tears
Were for us, ...here all alone.

I felt it was a miracle
That a statue really cried.
Then teardrops fell upon the names
Of all the children that had died.

I turned my eyes to heaven.
The whole sky was shedding tears.
I had thought that these were raindrops
For so very many years.

The angel cried with me today
So did the children's names in stone.
Their teardrops fell upon my skin
And I no longer was alone.

© 2008 - Christine Ross
~ in memory of Lucas Christopher Ross 1979 - 2001
Published in
LIVING WITH LOSS MAGAZINE
Winter 2008, Volume 23 No. 4
Bereavement Publications, Inc.










"Then the child opened its eyes, and looked up into the angel's beautiful face,
which beamed with happiness, and at the same moment they were in heaven,
where joy and bliss reigned. The child received wings like the other angel,
and they flew about together, hand in hand."
~ Hans Christian Andersen











WHOLE NEW WORLD

.....from the Disney movie, Aladin


I can show you the world
Shining, shimmering, splendid
Tell me, princess, now when did
You last let your heart decide?

I can open your eyes
Take you wonder by wonder
Over, sideways and under
On a magic carpet ride

A whole new world
A new fantastic point of view
No one to tell us no
Or where to go
Or say we're only dreaming

A whole new world
A dazzling place I never knew
But when I'm way up here
It's crystal clear
That now I'm in a whole new world with you
Now I'm in a whole new world with you

Unbelievable sights
Indescribable feeling
Soaring, tumbling, freewheeling
Through an endless diamond sky

A whole new world
Don't you dare close your eyes
A hundred thousand things to see
Hold your breath - it gets better
I'm like a shooting star
I've come so far
I can't go back to where I used to be

A whole new world
Every turn a surprise
With new horizons to pursue
Every moment red-letter
I'll chase them anywhere
There's time to spare
Let me share this whole new world with you

A whole new world
That's where we'll be
A thrilling chase
A wondrous place
For you and me












I dreamed of you. I dreamed you were wandering in the dark, and so was I.
We found each other. We found each other in the dark.
~ Quote from the movie THE GREEN MILE










There isn´t enough darkness in all the world
to snuff out the light of one little candle.
~ Gautama Siddharta, 563-483 B.C.










It is better to try to light a candle than to curse the dark
~ Chinese Proverb










A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle.
~ James Keller










We cannot hold a torch to light another's path without brightening our own.
~Ben Sweetland










There are two ways of spreading light;
to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.
~Edith Wharton










Dare to reach out your hand into the darkness,
to pull another hand into the light.
~Norman B. Rice










From within or from behind, a light shines through us upon things,
and makes us aware that we are nothing, but the light is all.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson










Light is good from whatever lamp it shines.
~Author Unknown










A man should learn to detect and watch that gleam of light
which flashes across his mind from within.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson










I will love the light for it shows me the way.
Yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars.
~ Og Mandino










Sadness flies on the wings of the morning
and out of the heart of darkness comes the light.
~ Jean Giraudoux










"Bringer of Light"








ANGELS

A... ABIDING up in Heaven.
N... NEVER having any pain.
G... GOD is watching over them.
E... ETERNITY is their gain.
L... LIFE is only a pathway.
S... SOMEHOW their soul remains.

© 2004 - Christine Ross
~ in memory of Lucas Christopher Ross 1979 - 2001






AN ANGEL IS SLEEPING

Sometimes in my mind
I go back to that place
Where death came to visit
And life was erased.

It's late afternoon
And the sun's going down.
I open the door
And I know what I've found.

An angel is sleeping,
There's an absence of breath.
No need to tip toe,
Sound won't waken death.

I look at that face
And I kiss that sweet cheek.
Nothing is normal.....
There's a reason to weep.

But sometimes in my mind
I go back to that place
Where death came to visit
And life was erased.

It's early morning,
The sun's coming up soon.
I open the door
And go into the room.

An angel is sleeping,
There's no need for breath
In that place of forever
Where there's no more death.

I look at that face
And I kiss that sweet cheek
Everything's normal.....
No reason to weep.

© 2010 Christine Ross

~ in memory of Lucas Christopher Ross 1979 - 2001






A - Z GRIEVING PARENT

A is for ANGEL, B is for BLUE.
That's how we're feeling, both me and you.
We should die before our children are dead
But life got all messed up and mixed up instead.

A is for ANGEL, B is for BLUE.
C is for CANDLE that burns the night through.
D is for DEATH that took them away.
E is for EVENINGS alone as we pray.

F is for FRIENDS that just disappear.
G is for GRASPING our very worst fear.
H is for HOPING that somehow they live.
I is for INCREDIBLE pain that it gives.

J is for JUST one more minute with them.
K is for KNEELING to pray once again.
L is for LIFE that is now filled with tears.
M is for MEMORIES of them through the years.

N is for NIGHTS upon nights without sleep.
O is for OVER and over we plead.
P is for PEOPLE who want us to mend
but this is just something they can't comprehend.

Q is for QUESTIONS of how and of why.
R is for REMEMBERING our one last goodbye.
S is for SOMETHING we wish we had said.
T is for TEARS we continually shed.

U is for UNKNOWING what to believe.
V is for VISIONS we somehow receive.
W is for WISHING for eternal rest.
X is for X-TRA time that's not left.

Y is for YEARS that we'll wait till we die.
Z is for ZILLIONS of times that we'll cry.
One day we'll be done with this A through this Z
When we look to the light and there faces we see.

So... A is for Angel and B is for BLUE.
That's how we're feeling, both me and you.

© 2003 - Christine Ross
revised 2007






DREAM UPON MY SOUL

Dream upon my soul sweet one.
Come and visit me tonight.
I'm waiting in the shadows
Of the flickering candle light.

Return to me in slumber
As I rest my weary head.
Let's travel to the places,
The sweet places of the dead.

Wishing I could hibernate
With you in your dimension,
Floating through the universe
While drifting to ascension.

Sleep somehow escapes me now.
I awake to pain untold.
Still waiting in the shadows
Till you dream upon my soul.

© 2005 - Christine Ross
~ in memory of Lucas Christopher Ross 1979 - 2001






> A DREAM OF ANGELS

I had a dream of angels,
Of feathers and clouds on high.
I traveled up to heaven
Through the clear blue crystal sky.

I saw him standing at the gate
With white feathery angel wings.
He smiled at me and nodded.
Then the clouds began to sing.

The light that glowed behind him
Came from a sacred special place.
His halo gathered in the light
And it glowed upon his face.

My heart was filled with so much joy
That can never be described.
As he reached out and took my hand
I said..."I guess I must have died?"

He smiled but then he shook his head
"No, it's just a glimpse of where I live.
It's not your time, you must go back
Please accept this gift I give."

He held me closely in his arms
And we flew off through the air.
He lay my head upon a pillow
And he gently stroked my hair.

He placed a kiss upon my forehead
And told me always to believe.
Then tears began to fill my eyes
Because I had to watch him leave.

Then I awoke and realized
I wasn't dreaming like before,
And right there on my pillow
Was the proof that it was more.

I reached out to touch the proof,
Knowing we had been together.
For there upon my pillow was.....
A lone white angel feather.

© 2006 - Christine Ross
~ in memory of Lucas Christopher Ross 1979 - 2001






THE PILLOW

The pillow where he laid his head
Is now where I lay mine.
You'd think that after all these years
It would flatten out with time.

It used to be so pure and white
As it curled around his head.
But now it's stained with teardrops
From so much crying in my bed.

I wonder as he slept at night
Was he dreaming like I do
Of heaven and of angels
In the place he was going to.

I guess some day it will wear out
And it's comfort will be gone.
I think that it will be the day
When I finally travel home.

It's just an old worn pillow
That is aging just like me.
But it's where he laid his head
And it's where I want to be.

© 2008 - Christine Ross
~ in memory of Lucas Christopher Ross 1979 - 2001






ROCK-A-BYE

Rock-a-bye my baby boy.
Rock-a-bye to sleep.
Sleep within your Daddy's arms.
Sleep in restful peace.

Peace will come to you my child,
Peace when you awake.
Awake to love and happiness.
Awake to everyday.

Everyday will be a gift.
Everyday will come.
Come to find your purpose here.
Come to be my son.

Son, escape the darkness.
Son, don't say goodbye.
Goodbye is not for ever.
Goodbye, rock-a-bye.

Rock-a-bye my baby boy.
Rock-a-bye to sleep.
Sleep within the angels arms.
Sleep until we meet.

© 2012 - Christine Ross
~ in memory of Lucas Christopher Ross 1979 - 2001










SEE OUR CHILDREN'S NAMES

(No more names can be added)



PAGE 01 ~ POETRY, STORIES, QUOTES, PAINTINGS, AND MORE



PAGE 02 ~ OUR CHILDREN'S NAMES ~ BABIES AND CHILDREN



PAGE 03 ~ OUR CHILDREN'S NAMES ~ TEENAGERS



PAGE 04 ~ OUR CHILDREN'S NAMES ~ TWENTIES



PAGE 05 ~ OUR CHILDREN'S NAMES ~ THIRTY AND OLDER









"VISIT WITH LUKE"

Last Entry in Luke's Journal:

"When there is love in my heart and a smile on my face,
I need nothing else." ~ Luke Ross

"MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU"

Music playing:
DECEMBER