7.23.2010

Visitor From Heaven

I've had lots of people email me poems, songs and other forms of encouragement (besides their own words). I love them and I think everyone would be lucky to read them. I've decided every now and then I'll post one....with a sweet picture or few, of course.

This is a song by Twila Paris. Here are the lyrics and it reads like a poem.

Visitor From Heaven

A visitor from heaven
if only for a while
A gift of love to be returned
We think of you and smile

A visitor from Heaven
accompanied by Grace
Reminding of a better love
And of a better place

With aching hearts and empty arms
We send you with a name
It hurts so much to let you go
But we're so glad you came
We're so glad you came

A visitor from Heaven
If only for a day
We thank Him for the time He gave
And now it's time to say
We trust you to the Father's love
And to his tender care
Held in the everlasting arms
And we're so glad your there
We're so glad your there

With breaking hearts and open hands
We send you with a name
It hurts so much to let you go
But we're so glad you came
We're so glad you came

Lyrics and Words by Twila Paris
Thanks, Heather

I know these pictures are happy ones and sad ones. I don't mean to make you sad. However, I just felt like they were some that fit these lyrics/poem.



{Cohen arrives :) 6.7.10}

{the first time I held him}

{first family pic}

{the day he was born..he had just arrived to Children's from Parkland. 6.7.10}

{6.8.10 - going to see him at Children's...before I was discharged from Parkland.}


{Cohen goes to Heaven. Last time to hold him. 6.18.10}


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74 comments :

  1. Megan, that poem is perfect for your story!! And though some of the pictures are sad, you are right - they completely go with the poem! There are no words for that last picture! I know it is bittersweet to look at, but it is so incredibly beautiful at the same time!

    Thank you for sharing this! You are so amazing and Cohen's story and your strength is such a testimony for others! Big hugs and I pray that God will continue to wrap his loving arms around you and your hubby!

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  2. That picture where Brent is holding his head down just made me cry...I can FEEL the love in that picture.

    You guys are simply amazing. What a beautiful family you HAVE because he will always always live in your hearts.

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  3. Oh Megan sweetheart...I love that last picture, it is sad, but so beautiful. Just wanted you to know I think and pray for you often.

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  4. That last picture broke my heart, but it was so beautiful. The poem is absolutely wonderful, too. You've got an angel looking down on your all of the time and you're so blessed for that.

    Hugs and prayers!
    Kenli

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  5. Oh Megan, that last picture just breaks my heart. It is so beautiful nonetheless. I am glad you have such great pictures to remember Cohen by.

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  6. Thank you for sharing your Cohen. He is beautiful. I keep you and Brent in my thoughts and prayers.

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  7. Those pictures are truly TREASURES. TRULY TREASURES.

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  8. Megan
    Thank you for sharing that song and such intimate and personal pictures for us to see. I have said it before but I know it takes such courage for you to share this part of your life with "strangers". My prayer is that someone who doesn't know God will see His love, hope and grace through you...because it is shining through. Thank you for your courage!
    Kristin

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  9. Precious. You... your husband... and your baby... precious beyond words. And what a holy moment caught on film... there are no words... May the peace of God bring you comfort...

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  10. What beautiful pictures! The last one put a lump in my throat - it says more than any words possibly could. You and Brent are both so strong and my thoughts are with you!

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  11. I have been following your blog for a while but never left a comment because I don't really know what to say. I can't even begin to imagine what you have and are going through. I pray for strength you and your family! I just tear up everytime I read your posts and know your amazing little boy is keeping an eye on you :) You are such an amazingly strong women! I wish the best for you in everything you do!!

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  12. Beautiful pictures and song. Praying for your continued peace...

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  13. Megan,
    I have heard that song before and it does fit your story perfectly. Those pictures tell a story in it's own. The last picture tugged on my heart. I know it is probably hard for you to look at, but it will be one you are so happy to have in the end.

    I pray for you daily. Even though we have never met and I know nothing about you other than your story, I feel apart of you. I feel like I have been there with you in your journey and just know that I will continue to be there. You have lots of people praying for you in NC...just remember that!

    I went through a miscarriage and there was this one song that I found comfort in all the time. I still cry everytime it comes on (you would think I would stop playing the CD). I wanted to share it with you. Praying for you and loving you!

    ~Glory Baby by Watermark~

    Glory baby you slipped away as fast as we could say baby…baby..
    You were growing, what happened dear?
    You disappeared on us baby…baby..
    Heaven will hold you before we do
    Heaven will keep you safe until we’re home with you…
    Until we’re home with you…

    CHORUS:

    Miss you everyday
    Miss you in every way
    But we know there’s a
    day when we will hold you
    We will hold you
    You’ll kiss our tears away
    When we’re home to stay
    Can’t wait for the day when we will see you
    We will see you
    But baby let sweet Jesus hold you
    ‘till mom and dad can hold you…
    You’ll just have heaven before we do
    You’ll just have heaven before we do

    Sweet little babies, it’s hard to
    understand it ‘cause we’re hurting
    We are hurting
    But there is healing
    And we know we’re stronger people through the growing
    And in knowing-
    That all things work together for our good
    And God works His purposes just like He said He would…
    Just like He said He would…

    CHORUS:

    BRIDGE:
    I can’t imagine heaven’s lullabies
    and what they must sound like
    But I will rest in knowing, heaven is your home
    And it’s all you’ll ever know…all you’ll ever know…

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  14. Oh Megan...that last picture. Honestly, I could not read the poem. I am constantly on the verge of tears at all times lately and I thought it might just push me over the edge...and that last picture just about did it too. Your family is beautiful, inside and out and I can't wait to see it grow!

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  15. That is a beautiful song and very fitting for you all. I'm so happy you all & Children's were able to get such great pictures. I know they are something that you treasure.

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  16. I am so sorry to read about your son's passing. The last picture brought tears to my eyes. Praying for you.

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  17. Beautiful Poem. So perfect for you and your family. I love seeing pictures. Thank you fo sharing them. The last one had me in tears. Much love to you! <333

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  18. Megan, you don't know me but my sister-in-law sent me your link (and to be honest I don't know if she knows you either...) but anyways I just wanted to say that I pray for you and your family daily. My husband and I just lost our twins the end of June due to preterm labor. My sister gave me the Twila CD wtih "Visitor From Heaven" and it really speaks to the heart. It's actually on my blog. I hope every day you feel more of God's peace. Lindsey H

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  19. Wow, Megan. Your hand on your heart in that last picture speaks a thousand words. You and Brent are in my thoughts and prayers.

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  20. These pictures are so sweet! I love the one of you holding Cohen for the first time - you see pure love in your eyes.

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  21. That last picture is simply beautiful!!! The heart and emotion in that picture. Thank you for sharing!

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  22. That is a lovely song, truly. The last picture brought tears to my eyes - there are just no words. Thank you for sharing your family with all of us. You have some beautiful pictures of your sweet baby.

    I'm continuing to pray for you both. I hope that you have a good weekend!

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  23. You are so blessed to have pictures of you, your husband and Cohen his last few moments of life. I remember holding my Karoline as she went up to Heaven. I wish I could have pictures of that moment. Still praying for you and your family. (I'm Whitney G's friend in case you didn't know)

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  24. Beautiful phontos. Thank you guys for sharing and for being such an inspiration to me! You both are amazing!

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  25. What a beautiful song and how true that Choen was sent from Heaven for you. Thank you for sharing and touching others in such a profound way. Praying for you both.

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  26. It is amazing how someone so small who never uttered a word, can do more glorious work in such a short time than those of us who have been here decades. I felt the same way about my angel. I love those words and they are so true.
    Shannon

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  27. That song and those pictures are perfect, and they are sad but in a beautiful way. And I'm so glad that you have those pictures to cherish. I thought it was funny in one of your recent posts where you said that you go back and read posts/comments often, because if I check your blog and it hasn't been updated, I almost always re-read your old post!! I just think you're great and I always agree with how you say you're feeling or what you're thinking. Thanks so much for continuing to allow us all into your lives. I'm excited to see what God has in store for your family and I pray for a wonderful, wonderful future for you.

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  28. i love seeing pictures of cohen. always. :)

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  29. That last picture breaks my heart.. For so many reasons. You can feel the love coming off the page that you guys felt for your perfect little man.. I am so glad you guys got to be with him...

    love you girl. you are amazing!

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  30. Oh how I wish I could give you both a huge hug. That last photo is so touching, I'm with Cristy, you can just feel the emotion in it.

    You are still in my prayers, sweet girl!

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  31. I love looking at all your pictures of Cohen but it still breaks my heart to know that you had to let him go early. You have inspired me so much (and I don't even know you) :) I am very interested in making some donations to the Cohen memorial trust and also "Now I Lay me Down to Sleep" organization. Beautiful ways to show your love. GOd is smiling down at your family and rocking sweet Cohen in His arms.

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  32. Those pictures are beautiful. Still praying for you in MN.

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  33. WOW!!! This was just beautiful and that last picture was just powerful. So much love in that room!!!!

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  34. That last picture is heart wrenching.

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  35. those pictures are turely amazing and capture your emotions so well. i am still praying for your family.

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  36. oh megan, that last picture breaks me heart. That poem is perfect for your story. Thank you for being so strong to share your story and pictures.. .lots of hugs

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  37. Beautiful pictures...that last one pulled the heartstrings.

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  38. PERFECT POST!!! Those are the only words I have. Love every picture you post :)

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  39. Oh, I had forgotten about that song! It's so pretty and bittersweet and perfect. Those last few pictures just break my heart but I'm so glad you have them.
    I hope you're doing good today!

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  40. That song is so appropriate right now. It's perfect. What sweet and yet heartwrenching pictures! Thank you so much for sharing with us. We love you guys and pray for you often!

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  41. What beautiful and fitting lyrics. That is my favorite from your maternity pics.

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  42. I LOVE this song. We had it sung at our daughter's funeral, and I play it every year on her birthday. Could FEEL the heartache in that last picture...so beautiful. Thank you for sharing such precious, intimate moments with us. I keep on praying for you

    Love, Kathryn

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  43. Megan, I don't remember just when I came across your blog, however, it was a long while ago and I've been following it ever since. I've been a 'silent reader' - without posting comments, I've been rooting for your family as you've been wading through this touch and go journey. Today I read your post, unaware of the outcome of Cohen's challenges. I never imagined to feel so much compassion for someone that I've never even met. I am sending much hope and peace your way. I hope that it finds you where ever you may be in this big world. xo

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  44. Those were beautiful pics. Thank you for sharing that last picture. It is so sad, but so beautiful at the same time. Your strength amazes me. Sending love and prayers from GA.

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  45. Beautiful pictures, thanks for sharing. Sending prayers and hugs from Missouri.

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  46. The last picture just broke my heart, but it was a beautiful moment for you all...

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  47. The last picture says so much. I am still praying for you and your husband for each day to get a little easier. You are such a strong mother and christian. God Bless you!

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  48. I got goose bumps reading the song and then I seen the last pictue and started crying. Its such a beautiful picture! Its sad and wonderful all at the same time. Thank you for sharing! I'm still praying for you both!

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  49. I heard the Baby Blue song in a department store yesterday--people were looking at me as if I had three heads as I walked thru the store with tears in my eyes--my heart is with you and Brent-although your faith is incredibly strong and amazing-you are both still human and love that little angel immensely-I am sure sometimes the hurt is immeasurable. My prayers are with you daily. Big hugs.

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  50. I am amazed by your strength and my heart hurts so much for you with the loss of your precious baby. God has a plan, and Cohen's story has already reached thousands of people! What an amazing little boy! God bless you, and your beautiful family!

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  51. Amazing pictures! The last one brought tears to my eyes. Continuing to pray for you and Brent.

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  52. Oh Megan - such beautiful pictures. I know you will treasure them all of your life. You are so strong. I know you must miss Cohen so much.

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  53. "we send you with a name"- thats my favorite part!

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  54. You're sooo sooo brave! That last picture is AMAZING - so much love in one picture. Beautiful!

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  55. God Bless you Megan and Brent. Has anyone recommended the book called Tear Soup? It is by Pat Schweibert and it is beautiful. I pray for your peace and comfort every day!

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  56. Megan I continue to keep you and Brent in my prayers. I know sweet Cohen is looking down on you both from heaven thanking God for choosing you both to be his parents.

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  57. Oh Megan, I am glad you liked it. I know I say it all the time, but I truly think about you all the time and pray for you. You have an amazing amount of courage, God is going to use you and is already using you in a great way. I know you must miss Cohen so much, I just continue to pray that the Lord comforts you and gives you the strength you need everyday. Thank you for sharing Cohen with us and allowing us to see deep into your heart. Much love to you friend.

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  58. I'm so, so sorry for your loss of you precious little Cohen. Your unbelievable strength in posting and sharing your life and story with all of us so candidly, is just a testimony to the amazing person you are. Praying for you and Brent as your hearts continue to grieve and heal, and for God's amazing grace to sustain you and give you that day-to-day strength so needed. May you feel His endless love each and every day! <><

    Hugs,
    Tanya

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  59. Megan, my heart aches for you. I cant imagine what you are going through. You are a very strong woman. You are being thought of and prayed for by many. You guys will one day see your sweet Cohen again, and all of the pain you feel today will be replaced by overwhelming comfort, joy, and peace!

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  60. That last photo really hit something inside of me and i type this through tears - you are amazing Megan & Brent x

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  61. i just love twila paris. what a great son. the pictures are sad, but they are your life and this is your blog and your place to post memories. the last picture is beautiful and really captures your emotions and it helps us to see what you've gone through. and you're so brave and wonderful for putting it all out there. i know that this story will only continue to touch people whether you know it or not.

    praying for you constantly. you are on my heart.

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  62. That last picture has me in tears.....heartbreaking. You two have such a strong faith and are amazing people. The love flowing in that picture is evident. The poem is beautiful as your words always are. Thank you for sharing your story with us. Praying for your family.

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  63. I don't remember exactly how or when I came across your blog, but I've been silently following as well - not a big commenter usually. But I have to say your journey has touched me in so many ways. While so sad, it also brings such hope, as your strength and faith are truly amazing. The photos brought me to tears, and I hug my little boy that much closer because of all that you have shared. I truly admire and look up to you and your husband, and will keep you in my prayers.

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  64. I love all the pictures, they are beautiful. They tell part of your story without words. I always remember when my grandpa died, my me ma used to always say.. the heart always remembers. I know your heart will always remember everything about your precious Cohen.
    love ya!

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  65. Really beautiful! And your pictures always make me smile - even the sad ones. When I look at your pictures, I can absolutely feel the love in your family and the love you have for Cohen. His earthly stay was too short - but the hearts he touched and continues to touch is unfailing.

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  66. What a perfect poem! and sad but memorable pictures! You have a sweet family and praying God will give you some peace as Cohen is in heaven whole again!

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  67. That was beautiful and the pictures so appropriate for those words. You continue to amaze me with your strength. You are amazing. Thank you again for always sharing all of this with us. Take care and I continue to pray for you and Brent.

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  68. The song is beautiful... and the pictures of your sweet boy made me cry. I can't imagine how your heart aches and how much you must have wanted him to stay for so much longer... but I'm also guessing you would trade the time you did have with him for anything in the world. I just know that while he was here... he knew how loved he was. And I believe you take that love with you...

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  69. That last picture is just about the saddest thing I've ever seen. May God bring you comfort in this sad time.

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  70. Megan, I began following your blog because Cohen's story was like our son's story, but with a different turn. There is no ending for either story, but different turns in the hospital. That was a beautiful entry and I wanted to let you know that all three of you have touched our lives and broken our hearts. I don't know if I would be so strong if I lost my son. But God is good and He is blessing you and using you to reach others and bless them. Thank you for sharing. You help put my daily struggles in perspective and I thank you and God for that.

    This entry is beautiful and sad, but whatever comforts you is what it should be. I'm so glad you got to document everything and had help in doing so. Those pictures will always be special. We love you and are praying for you always.

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  71. That last photo has me in tears. Such raw emotion.

    Thank you for sharing!

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  72. I have been a follower and was going through reading blogs and happened to remember your son went to heaven. I recently lost my sweet Isabella at 34 weeks pregnant. I was able to cherish the times I had with her and I'm thankful for that time with her. I have found it extremely hard this past week, and want to know how you grieved. Did you keep a journal to write down your feeling? I have great support, but sometimes I feel they don't know exactly what I'm feeling, I know we all grieve in different ways and I find it getting very difficult to be at the places or around people that will ask me about her.

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  73. Meghan,
    I just found your blog from Mix and Match Family: Love and Marriage Edition. I started reading about your son, the poems, and these incredible photos. Seeing the photo captioned " the last time we held him' made me sob at my desk, while working! Your are so blessed with such an incredible family support system, and the strength to share your remarkable story. Tonight I will add your baby to my prayers.
    Thanks so much for sharing,
    Jeanie

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