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Dedicated to my friend Willow Winds.

Thursday, June 09, 2011

I have been incredibly sad since we lost her May 20th. The other day I came upon a prayer. I do not know exactly where it may be from but I intend no copy write problems. It is called a
PRAYER OF ST FRANCIS OF ASSISI
Make me an instrument of Your Peace;
Where there is hatred, let it sow Love;
Where there is injury, Pardon;
Where there is faith, Hope;
Where there is darkness, Light;
Where there is sadness, Joy.
O DIVINE MASTER;
Grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
To be understood as to understand;
To be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive.
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned.
It is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

Her contribution to my life and the spark family will be missed.
She gave to those of us who knew her a daily reason to get on line and to try and better our lives .I know she is resting in peace and that she is with God and no longer suffering pain or physical limitations. I call Russ weekly(her dear hubby) and try and help him deal with her loss. He is under so much demands for paperwork to be filled out. The red tape is overwhelming. He is trying to get work closer to home, rent the upstairs and live downstairs and then he will hopefully not loose his home he shared with Willow.I feel as if your system failed her. If she hadn't been medicare and poor that she would have received better medical care.Our system fails the old , poor and disabled .I think back to where she was trying to get her wheel chair fixed so that she could spend Thanksgiving with her family and it was so old they told her to wait until her 5 years were up and then request a new one. They couldn't get the necessary parts. Well she never got enough time to get her chair or bed fixed.I am bitter about the systems failure and concerned as to my care as I get older !
She was a great lady and I encourage all to go back and reread her blogs filled with hope,stories and great information about Holidays and such.Let her be remembered in our hearts and prayer forever.

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  • no profile photo CD8603687
    That was so beautiful Holly,the system is very flawed and not very helpful for those who need and depend on services.It saddens me the way things are and hope things will improve,not soon enough for Susan,we have her memories we hold dear to us.She is where she has love and happiness,someday we shall join her and what a reunion that will be.Take care of YOUrself Holly. emoticon emoticon Diana
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  • INFLATED
    WILLOWWINDS lived out her faith and inspired others to be Christlike. The poem fits her well.

    I pray for Russ and that he will be able to get things straightened out. I agree with you that the system failed WILLOW and is now failing Russ. He has health problems of his own.
    3307 days ago
  • PUGRAD1995
    Willow is missed, but in a better placd. I look forward to the day I meet her-both of us with new bodies and no pain. emoticon
    3309 days ago
  • FILLANGES
    I came to your page To pay tribute to Willow, as well. This poem is beautiful. i was raised in the Catholic church and I always loved this poem. We sang it as a song and it always touched me deep in my heart. I've since joined a non-denominational church, but i do so love the old songs. I found a version of the song and i'd like to share it with you. I pray you enjoy it and let it touch you as it does me. Willow is greatly missed by many but we also REJOICE in the knowledge that she is in the Loving embrace of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! Hallelujah!
    take care and God Bless.
    http://youtu.be/As5hjcfNn
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    3311 days ago
  • WARMSPRINGDAY
    She has left a true legacy behind in her blogs - so full of hope even in the midst of her difficult times.
    3311 days ago
  • CANBDONE
    WIllow will not be forgotten! She's earned a crown, that's for sure!
    3311 days ago
  • SHERRY666
    THANKS FOR THE LOVELY POEM........ WILLOW IS MISSED EVERY DAY...... emoticon
    3311 days ago
  • no profile photo CD3922103
    That is a wonderful poem and yes, she will be missed by all but her memory is still alive. I am going to pray for the family!
    3311 days ago
  • WHATAGRL42
    I feel saddened to read your blog. You are spot on when you point out how horrific our system is at helping those who need help the most. It makes me angry to think Willow was slighted by our failing system. May she rest in God's hands.
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  • MILLISMA
    Holly thanks for posting this. Please give Russ my best. You are a great friend.
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  • JAMER123
    Thank you for sharing. She is missed by many but the poem says it all for us and her. Blessings to you and her family.
    3312 days ago
  • 0309COOKIE
    That is a beautiful prayer. Thanks for sharing.

    I miss Willowwinds too. Her blogs were always so uplifting.
    3312 days ago
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