I’m finally home in Heaven

The pains and cares of Earth are gone

Dear ones you made life there brighter

Even when hard times felt too long

Although I love you so deeply

My love can’t begin to compare

To the depth of God’s love for you

That led Him redemption to bear

My place in heaven did not come

From anything I did on my own

It’s all God’s grace and forgiveness

That lets me call heaven my home

My most fervent prayer on Earth

Was for God to fill your heart too

So that someday you’ll join me here

When your life on Earth is all through

My other prayer for you was

That when hard times come in your life

You draw closer to God and each other

And you FEEL Him with you in strife

Although I’m no longer with you

God’s presence is never gone

He sends His love notes so often

In His Word, in nature, and song

Look for those love notes my dear ones

May your faith, hope, and love be strong

And let those love notes remind you

To God’s family you belong.

joan shakelford

Joan Shackelford is a wife, mother and grandmother who writes to us from California. Joan finds everyday joy in God's promises set to music, in her family and friends, dancing, and appreciating the little things in life like getting to rock a baby to sleep, having a pet curl up in her lap, and flowers in her yard.

Photography by Cate Autumn Photography. Headshot provided by Joan Shackelford

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