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posted 8/25/2008 1:27:58 AM |
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Some of you know me very well, some of the newer members don't. So, I'll give a little background before posting my story. Back in March I had a stillborn baby girl (I'm not looking for sympathy). At the funeral the pastor told a story about the life of a dragonfly. We couldn't find the story anywhere after that. My best friend finally found the pastor and he gave her exactly what he said that day. I thought it was very apt, and wanted to share it.

There was a priest in Dublin who explained the difference between this life and the next life by talking about the life of the dragonfly. At the bottom of the pond little grubs were crawling around. They wonder what happens to thier members who climb up the stem of the lily and never come back. "I wonder what it's like up there." They agreed among themselves that the next one who is called to the surface would come back.

The next little grub that found itself drawn to the surface by nature crawls up the stem and out on the surface on the lily leaf. It was really bright up there. It had been so dark and murky down below. He thinks that his brother grubs down below won't believe this. Suddenly something begins to happen. The grub began to open out. The grub spread out two huge colored wings and becomes a beautiful dragonfly. It never imagines that this could have happened. It thought it would remain a grub forever. It flew back and forth across the pond. It could see the other grubs in the pond below but they couldn't see it. It realized there was no way it could get back and that they could not recognize such a beautiful creature as ever having been one of them.

Jordan's spirit is with God. As David said, "I shall go to him, but he will not return to me." (II Samuel 12:23) Take what comfort you can that you will be with Jordan in eternity. And until then, take the love that you have for Jordan and share it with all the rest of us grubs down below.

My best friend recently got a dragonfly tattoo on her wrist, in memory of my daughter. It is facing away from her, as if to take flight. I thought that was a special way to remember her.

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Aug 25 @ 1:57AM  
Truly beautiful.... Thanks for sharing.


Aug 25 @ 2:45AM  
Belle that is a beautiful story. I had been wondering about you and how you were doing. God bless you and it is great to see you posting.


Aug 25 @ 3:32AM  

Thank you for that story Belle, and God bless you.

Aug 25 @ 4:13AM  
Wow that was a great story...sure makes sense to me...

Aug 25 @ 7:26AM  
I wear the most beautiful dragonfly on my necklace. I lost a baby before the beautiful son I have now.......I'll never look at my necklace the same without thinking of him and Jordan.....thanks for sharing that!

Aug 25 @ 7:30AM  
You're back! We've missed you.

Aug 25 @ 8:20AM  
Thank you for sharing such a beautiful story we us..

Aug 25 @ 8:41AM  

My daddy explained death to me by saying that we live in a giant house. We wander from room to room, meeting people and exploring, and one day it's finally time to move on and we step out th front door.

Death. As simple as that. A moving on. A stepping through a door. Painless. A new adventure that awaits us.


Aug 25 @ 8:57AM  
That is beautiful Belle

Aug 25 @ 10:24AM  
for my beautiful Belle...

Aug 25 @ 10:36AM  
Thanks for sharing this Belle..

I was told a long time ago that the dragonfly represented new wonderous beginnings when things have gotten too difficult where they are... I considered getting a tattoo of one for a long time to stand for life, new beginnings and the ability to enjoy both without being scared of either.

Aug 25 @ 12:03PM  
I loved it. Special kudos to your friend for memorializing Jordan in a such a permanently, loving way. Very special.

Aug 25 @ 2:23PM  
Belle.....what a beautiful story! Thank you

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