Today I have a guest blogger; Beverly Guffey Harris. We graduated high school together, and now share a sisterhood of sorrow as both of us have lost a child in death.

“Well friends this is the time of year that is the hardest for me. I, along with many others, have recently lost a child. It makes me sad every year at this time. Just a little up date…I lost my 30 year old son Barry in 2003 to end stage renal failure. We struggled thru it togther for 8 long torturous years on his body. After he passed he came to my daughter Rhonda Norton Harris, less than a month later, as she lay trying to go to sleep and quoted this poem to her. She put it on paper and I have only shared it with very few…However, this year I decided to post it and hope it helps one Mother, one Dad get thru the Christmas holidays.”


To Mom
Don’t worry how you will make it
Through next Christmas without me.
… Don‘t ask me to change my plans
There is so much I want to see.

I won’t be with you on that day.
I must attend a birthday bash.
We plan to party all night long
They say it’s quite a blast.

The party’s guest of Honor
Is quite a special man.
I know you heard about him
He left some footprints in the sand.

When you miss me getting
A gift from under the tree,
I’ll be giving gifts to him
And kneeling on my knees.

Just don’t stop your Christmas
Because I am here with him.
Savor every minute there,
Cause the time down there is slim.

Don’t waste it all with worries.
I am now a healthy man.
I won’t come back down again
Even if he says I can.

Just remember when you’re missing me
I am happy where I stay.
I am having lots of fun up here
Wouldn’t have it any other way.

Oh, and I heard what you did for him
He’s told me where you’ll come
I want you to know I saved a place
I said “This ones for my Mom”….

Written by: Rhonda Harris


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About Phoebe Leggett

Phoebe Leggett is an author, poet, and free-lance writer whose articles, stories, and poetry have enhanced the lives of many. In 2007 she received two awards for her work at the Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writer’s Conference in Ridgecrest, North Carolina. Her articles, stories, and poetry have been published in adult and children’s Christian literature as well as online. Her books are available on under her name.
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  1. Beautiful poem and beautiful story. Thank you for sharing it. I pray God’s comfort and peace as you go through this difficult season.


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