It’s different now

December 11, 2007 from Skip | The Whole Story| 9 Comments | ««Previous - Next»»

Heather wanted to share this song she just received, written for her by Sarah Parker, age 10. Sarah is daughter of Tami and Tom Parker. Tami was Heather’s very close friend during undergraduate days at the University of Washington.

It’s Different Now

At times I feel left out like no one is here to help
But now I know that you’re there in the gateway of heaven.
It’s different now that you’re gone but you’re still in my heart
I barely got to see you but now you’re gone
You were a gift of life, one of God’s children
It’s different now that you’re gone but you’re still in my heart
You’re done from your suffering and in Jesus’ arms
And it’s different now that you’re gone
Know that I’ll be thinking of you for the rest of my life
It’s so amazing how life is without you
It’s different now that you’re gone but in the pathway of heaven
You’re in God’s arms away from all your suffering in the best place ever
I can hear your voice, see you now but it’s all in my heart
Do you hear Heather calling she’s the love of your life
It’s different now that you’re gone away from all your suffering
It’s different now that you’re gone away from all your suffering

Sarah’s song
In memory of Don, dedicated to Heather

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9 Comments so far

  1. JimBecky on December 11, 2007 2:20 pm

    Wow, what an amazing song. Yes, a child shall lead us…. thank you Sarah for your insighful and touching song… Blessings to Heather, Bo and Johnny….love from all the Browns

  2. sean dimond on December 11, 2007 3:22 pm

    Stunning… brought me to tears. Thank you Sarah.

  3. abdoulaye sarr on December 11, 2007 3:30 pm

    Amazing Sarah, thank you for sharing this song with us.

  4. Kyle and Amber Lont on December 11, 2007 6:29 pm

    From the mouths of babes…sometimes they get it so right! What a beautiful, touching poem.

    We have been thinking of your whole family, weeping with you, celebrating Don’s life with you, and most importantly praying for you DAILY. Sharing this journey with all of us through Don’s blog has touched our lives and will never leave us the same. Much love and comfort to Heather, Bo, and Johnny.

    May blessings be poured down from heaven on you.

    In Christ,

    Kyle and Amber Lont

  5. Jan Kraft on December 12, 2007 12:47 am

    It’s different now… Oh so different… Thank you Sarah for writing down what we all feel and thank you Heather for sharing with us all this outpouring of love that we have for you and Don and the boys.

    When you find a quiet place and can close out the world around you, think of Don at the very moment he saw Jesus… on the other side … A very dear friend of mine put it this way: “Don caught a glimpse of heaven … and it took his breath away…”

    God bless you Heather. You are in our prayers…. Jim and Jan Kraft

  6. tamiparker on December 13, 2007 7:07 am

    Not sure if you are keeping up with the blog, but I prayed this for you this morning.

    1 Peter 1:6-7 (New Living Translation)

    ” 6 So be truly glad.[a] There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you have to endure many trials for a little while. 7 These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.”

    It reminded me of this amazing story about how God refines us. Read on. I love you and will see you today. Love, Tami

    There was a group of women in a Bible study on the book of Malachi. As they were studying chapter three, they came across verse three which says: “He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver.” (Malachi 3:3) This verse puzzled the women and they wondered what this statement meant about the character and nature of God.

    One of the women offered to find out about the process of refining silver and get back to the group at their next Bible study. That week this woman called up a silver smith and made an appointment to watch him at work. She didn’t mention anything about the reason for her interest in silver beyond her curiosity about the process of refining silver. As she watched the silver smith, he held a piece of silver over the fire and let it heat up. He explained that in refining silver, one needed to hold the silver in the middle of the fire where the flames were hottest as to burn away all the impurities. The woman thought about God holding us in such a hot spot–then she thought again about the verse, that he sits as a refiner and purifier of silver.

    She asked the silver smith if it was true that he had to sit there in front of the fire the whole time the silver was being refined. The man answered that yes, he not only had to sit there holding the silver, but he had to keep his eyes on the silver the entire time it was in the fire. If the silver was left even a moment too long in the flames, it would be destroyed. The woman was silent for a moment. Then she asked the silver smith, “How do you know when the silver is fully refined?”

    He smiled at her and answered, “Oh, that’s easy–when I see my image in it.”

    If today you are feeling the heat of the fire, remember that God has His eye on you.

    Author unknown

  7. jennygiles on December 15, 2007 11:46 am

    Dear Jesus,

    I know so little, but I know that You hold onto Heather and her children.
    I know that You feel her deep loss and pain.
    I know that You hold her hand still and will not let go of her.
    For now, this is enough.

    I ask for sleep: peaceful, restful sleep for heather. I ask that she feel embraced by You.
    I ask that You ease her pain, and let her cry into Your arms.

    Thank YOU Jesus that You are lovely. You care , and are caring for us.

    Thank You for Don and for Heather,


  8. maryaustin on December 15, 2007 4:45 pm

    Don’s memorial service was the most amazing tribute we have ever seen to anyone’s life. I feel fortunate to have know Don, and that I got to be inspired with his creative ideas. I will never forget when our sons Johnny, Max and Ian were on the same baseball team. Don named the various pitches, and entertained us. Don even speculated that maybe some day we could do something like fax ourselves, except he corrected us it wouldn’t be like a fax, because one would be left behind, it would be like they did on Star Trek. We appreciate the copy of The Message by Eugene H. Peterson that Heather gave to each person in attendance. The Pastor mentioned a perfect page to start reading on. I cannot remember the page number. If someone knows it, I am eager to begin reading there.

    I also LOVED the Pastor’s comment that Don is now cheering for us in the stands, which again reminds me of how much fun our family had in the stands with Don. It is exciting to think of Don cheering us to do our best.


  9. lauren kaith on December 15, 2007 5:32 pm

    To my family…a poem for Don, dedicated to Heather, Johnny, and Bo…..

    Your face your smile
    Your touch your eyes
    Your laugh your infectious laugh
    How it would light up a room
    But to think of it now almost slays me

    Your heart the one you loved me with
    Was bigger then life
    Sent here from Heaven
    My beacon of light

    In my dreams I can hear you and touch you
    Hold you and love you
    And tell you just how i feel
    But the reality is back the moment I wake
    And it hits me the dream wasn’t real

    Maybe tonight
    If i am strong and if I can hold on
    This time you wont slip away
    But like sand through my fingers
    Your here then your gone
    And once again I’m awake

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