From: Mary Zimmerman
Just what are heartsongs? I like Mattieís explanation - they are messages from God, thoughts (sometimes experiences) coming from above into our mind to be put into words (though I seem to sometimes get the words as well) to be shared with the world. We are all in this world to help one another, to give people comfort, happiness and sometimes laughter or a smile. Mattie Stepanek in his short life of 13 years lived just that way. He was a poet, a peacemaker, a philosopher. Mattie lost three siblings to the same illness he died from. He loved remembering them in his poems and writings. They were once in the world and we want the world to remember or at least know about them. Iím leading up to my own tragic loss of four children and two miscarriages.
Maybe you are wondering, how did I cope! First of all I want to say I didnít blame God (I guess more myself). Upset yes, especially when Duane, our 16 year old was tragically killed in a car accident just two miles from home. The priest that concluded the funeral asked people not to try to comfort us by saying it was Godís will, and that God doesnít will accidents. Oh, dear, now what! Thatís what I was so desperately trying to hang onto. Now that was gone. Eventually I was somewhat comforted to at least feel God permitted it, knowing this was the best time for this soul (Duane) to come to Him. Duane loved the Lord, so I think the meeting went well and once he was given a peek at heaven there was no wanting to come back.
After 35 years, Duane is still very much in my heart and mind. He will always hold a special place there as my six living children do. We recently have a new grandson named Conner Duane, named after our son. We appreciate that very much.
Maybe you readers are thinking Iíve spoken enough about my life. I assure you I mean it as an encouragement (and sympathy) to others as well. I donít expect a pity party for myself. These are my heartsongs. Iíd be happy to hear yours. Itís good to share our heartsongs with others, most especially if we know others care. The sad ones then become a bit brighter.