goodbye … for now

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last week, i got word that a person very close to me and bernard succumbed to cancer. i’ve been pretty busy the whole week with work that i’ve never really been able to just sit down and express my grief. the last time i saw her was during my sister’s wedding. she was still full of life, and now, she is gone.

i got the chance to talk to ian, her eldest son and our (bernard and i) classmate since the dawn of our lives, two days before the burial, to express my condolences. it was brief but i guess it was enough.

an ode to mommy mely
(based from the song with hope, by steven curtis chapman)

you have been a part of our lives ever since the start
you’ve been a mentor, a mother, a friend
and now you’ve gone away
and left us with the memories of your smile
and nothing we can say
and nothing we can do
can take away the pain
the pain of losing you but

we can cry with hope
we can say goodbye with hope
’cause we know our goodbye is not the end
and we can grieve with hope
’cause we believe with hope
there’s a place by god’s grace
there’s a place where we’ll see your face again

and never have i known
anything so hard to understand
and never have i questioned more
the wisdom of god’s plan
but through the cloud of tears
i see the father’s smile and say well done
and i imagine you
where you wanted most to be
seeing all your dreams come true
’cause now you’re home
and now you’re free

we have this hope as an anchor
’cause we believe that everything
god promised us is true so

we wait with hope
and we ache with hope
we hold on with hope
we let go with hope

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