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{SFTH}   *GOING HOME*  6/28/01

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Michael's long awaited book Straight From the Heart: "A Celebration of
Life," is finally here!  Close to 200 pages of true short stories filled with love
and laughter await you!  Visit our web site to order the EBook, or to order
by credit card! You can also read some sample stories from the book here!

http://storiesfrommyheart.com/michael_t__powers/

To order your autographed copy at no extra charge, send a check or
money order for $18 ($14.95 for the book and $3.05 for shipping and handling)
made out to Michael T. Powers, to:
 
Michael T. Powers
1918 Liberty Lane
Janesville, WI 53545
 
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Be sure to let us know who you would like it autographed for and then allow about two weeks for us to sign it and send it on its way to you.
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GOING HOME

By Irene Budzynski


"Come as soon as you can to say good-bye. Aunt Vera is dying," urged the voice on my answering machine. Overcome with disbelief, I played the message again and again. Raucous Aunt Vera, practical joker, lover of God, people, and life, was setting off on her journey to meet her Creator.

It was a joy to visit my aunt. She'd fling open the front door of her little house and spread her arms wide, "Oh! I've been waiting for you!" An enormous bear hug would follow. It was only a month ago that we had sat at her kitchen table drinking tea and laughing about the foibles of being women. Laughing, laughing. Always joking with Vera. Did we lose ourselves in mirth so the newly diagnosed cancer wouldn't claim her? By finding humor in tragedy, did we think we could postpone the inevitable death?

Madly driving, unable to stop the flow of blinding tears, my life shared with Vera scrolled across my mind. Prayers fell from my lips like a waterfall. God, how I needed the strength to say my final good-bye to this woman with her childlike love of a joke, her easy chuckle, her intense love. There was no time to waste on empty noise masquerading as conversation. I had told her so many times what she meant to me, but had I said enough?

Lying in her bedroom, eyes closed, Aunt Vera no longer could speak. Her breathing was shallow, her face occasionally pierced by a flicker of pain. I sat on the bed, enveloping her thin shoulders in my arms, sobbing, dissolving all intentions of holding myself together. Here was the beloved woman who had buoyed spirits when times were rough, who had looked for, and found, the silver lining in all life's problems. Now her voice was silent.

When the tears dried I set to work. If I couldn't stop her death, then I would make it easier to exit with grace, with the dignity she deserved. She couldn't talk, but I could communicate with the power of touch.

Washing her face, combing her hair, and massaging her feet became tender acts of love. They were the ultimate valentine, the final nourishment of the person who would never again listen, guide, encourage. Simple gestures of comfort took on a life of their own as each stroke, each caress, bore my affection and prayer of thanksgiving for her. The warmth of my flesh on hers spoke volumes.

Holding her hand, I told her one more joke: "Did you hear about the woman who went into a pet store?" Ever so gently, ever so tender, I felt her hand tighten around mine. No sound from her lips--just a squeeze--her only way left to say, "I love you."

The family stood at her bedside whispering heartsongs to the woman who had laughingly gone through good times and bad. As her spirit slipped away, we gave praise for her presence in our lives. Her children wrapped their fingers around her cold hands and her head was cradled by her son. How befitting the hardworking mother whose claim to fame was her love.

Aunt Vera died the way she had lived--surrounded by family. There is no doubt that she was met in the Kingdom of Love with a big hug and the greeting, "Oh! I've been waiting for you!"

Irene Budzynski, R.N.
irene_budd@yahoo.com


Send Irene an email and let her know what you thought of her story!
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Irene Budzynski, R.N. (irene_budd@yahoo.com) lives on the East Coast, has written several stories for SFTH and Heartwarmers, and feels blessed to have met many wonderful people through her writing. One of her stories, "More than a Paycheck", will be included in a new Heartwarmers book to be published later this year.
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Thought For The Day:

"Prayer should be the key of the morning and the lock of the night."
--Owen Felltham


Verse for the Day:

"It is good to praise the Lord...to proclaim your love in the morning and your faithfulness at night." --Psalm 92: 1,2


Kid's Thought For The day:

"Nobody will lend you an umbrella when it is raining."


Parent's Thought For The Day

"At the end of your life, you will never regret not having passed one more
test, not winning one more verdict, or not closing one more deal.  You will
regret time not spent with a spouse, a friend, a child, or a parent.
--Barbara Bush


Coach's Thought For The Day

"One reason I won't compromise is because I believe honesty helps you
win over the long haul.  You can win a game tomorrow and lose a team.
You can lose a game tomorrow and win a football team." --Lou Holtz


Deep Thought For The Day:

"Kristi and I saw the movie, 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon' recently and I
was surprised because I didn't see any tigers or dragons. And then I realized
why: they're crouching and hidden."

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REQUESTS:

Dear Friends and Family,

My daughter is here visiting from Missouri and today she lost her wallet...Please join me in asking God to help her get it back ..
Thank you and God bless you...
Becky
russ@bearriver.net
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  _
/_/\/\    MICHAEL T. POWERS
\_\  /    THUNDER27@aol.com  
/_/  \    "For I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but
\_\/\ \   Christ lives in me.  The life I live in the body I live for the Son
   \_\/   of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me." Galatians 2:20 

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Thank you so much for honoring the rights of those writers who
graciously share their stories with us!
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Video Imagery (Michael's Video Production Business.)

"I thought of you first after my family sat down to watch the video we gave
them. They loved it, to say the least!  Within thirty seconds my mom was
crying and my dad did too.  They said it was the best Christmas gift we
could have given them!!  You did such a beautiful job!  They were so
surprised and so touched---they really, really, really loved it.  Thanks
for helping to make it so special to us all.  My mom mentioned how
the songs were perfect for the video too!  Thanks again!"
Kelli-- College Station, TX

Let me make you a video from your pictures or home movies!
Check out the web page for Michael's video production business!
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Michael's long awaited book Straight From the Heart: "A Celebration of
Life," is finally here!  Close to 200 pages of true short stories filled
with love and laughter await you!  Visit our web site to order your copy!
You can also read some sample stories from the book here!

http://storiesfrommyheart.com/michael_t__powers/

AOL Users Click Here: Straight From the Heart: A Celebration of Life

To order your autographed copy at no extra charge, send a check or
money order for $18 ($14.95 for the book and $3.05 for shipping and handling)
made out to Michael T. Powers.
To:
 
Michael T. Powers
1918 Liberty Lane
Janesville, WI 53545
 
For two books add $4 for shipping and handling and for three books add $5 for shipping and handling.  If you want four or more autographed copies of our book you only pay $5 for shipping and handling. We'll pay the extra shipping costs!
 
Be sure to let us know who you would like it autographed for and then allow about two weeks for us to sign it and send it on its way to you.

 


 

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