Before My Mother Died

"Set me as a seal upon thine heart,
as a seal upon thine arm:
for love is strong as death..."
(Song of Songs 8:6 KJV)

Before my Mother died
Daddy always had a smile,
Fun-loving, playful, upbeat ~
"carefree joy" described his style.

Each day when he came home from work
you'd hear his happy song,
The men who worked beside him said
he whistled all day long!

He looked for folks that he could bless
and hugged each who came near,
Townfolk would rush up to his side
to hear his jokes and cheer.

His love was unconditional,
he spread it far and wide ~
Yes, Daddy was a different man
before my Mother died.

After her death I never saw
that glee once in his eyes...
To me, Daddy seemed haunted
by a ghost that never dies.

Daddy went Home on August 12th,
his suffering is no more ~
But in my heart I feel he "died"
eleven years before.

And when the prayers for me have ceased
and sorrow takes its toll,
I'll find my peace and comfort
that now Daddy is made whole.

He's once again with Mother,
and with Jesus by his side...
Daddy is now the man I knew
before my Mother died.


8-02-92 Coronation Day of Jean (Heckendorn) Hinnen
8-12-03 Coronation Day of Robert Louis "Bob" Hinnen

If God hadn't chosen them
as my parents,
I'd have chosen them
as my friends!

[ by: Connie Hinnen Cook ( -- from Connie Hinnen Cook ]


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