Thursday, December 27, 2012
Mommy: Please Don't Cry
This is the title to a beautiful book by Linda DeYmaz that I received recently from Hannah's mom. The artwork in the book, by Laurie Snow Hein, is gorgeous. The pictures and words make me smile through my tears every time I open the book. (Well actually I don't have to open the book - that happens when I just read the title.)
The author wrote the book in memory of her little girl, Alexandra, "who went to be with Jesus on Easter morning, 1995." The book is dedicated to "mothers everywhere who have experienced the deep sorrow of losing a child."
A simple story flows on the beautiful pages and is written from a child's point of view. A child that made the journey to heaven and wants to assure their mommy that they are happy and well. Also scattered through the book some scriptures that are comforting.
"He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away." - Revelation 21:4
I was going to share my favorite page but I can't decide which one it is! So I'll just share the last page of the story. It has a beautiful little girl on it holding flowers and says "Mommy, please don't cry ... I'll wait right here for you."
What a message of hope!
The last section of the book has several journaling pages. The topics at the top of the pages:
- "My thoughts and prayers for you:"
- "These were my dreams for you:"
- "Because of you I have learned so much:"
The final page in the book has a dedication page for the reader to write in their child's name. "In Memory of ____________ You went to Heaven On ____________"
My little review of this book can not do it justice. But I know this is one book that I will be giving as a gift in the future to moms who's children are called home early.