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“Passed On”

October 22, 2022
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I stand at the edge of a watery reflection
And close my eyes to the rhythmic sound
The gentle lap of the river releases the tears
And allows heartbreak’s sorrow to pound

My escape has always been with the current 
Finding peace walking where the water does run
But this day brings news so overwhelming
Even in sanctuary the pardon does not come

Time had frozen the moment she said it
A mighty tower taken by quick sinking sand
What was infallible now lies deserted
A redeemed heart returned to God’s hand

Some question how greatness is measured
In the honor of man or God or both
But I have seen what it looks like to find it
I have felt the resolve that gives hope

You gifted me resolution and mercy
Taught the example of loyalty and hard work
You were kindness enveloped in silence
Never a need for so many words

With humility, grace, and respect
You made Jesus more than just talk
You loved while here with all you had
You did as you said, you walked the walk

Your actions spoke your intentions
Your character shined for the world
Your heart given in a moment of decision
That changed the life of this young girl

You could have passed on the ask and said no
No one would have thought about it twice
But you took the chance and gave it your all
In order to change someone’s life

Now I stand here praying I told you enough
How your wisdom and words changed it all
I would never have made it without you
And your example when I would fall

I can never repay what you gave me
But your lessons I will always keep
I can cherish the chance that you offered 
I can pass on the hope to those like me

Because life slips through our hands like this water
But upstream we will find all is right
I stand steadfast, thankful for what time we had
Until the day you return to my sight.
Shannon Leach is a slice-of-life encouragement writer and the owner of A Repurposed Heart and ARH Inspirations. Her authentic stories and books about leadership, life, and loving people focus on encouraging others and reminding them they are not alone. Her work can also be found in Guideposts and multiple Chicken Soup for the Soul books. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Work and is the co-founder of the nonprofit The Fostered Gift.
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