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In memory of Chantal


Chantal  trisomy 18) was born on May 13th 1991 and died a few weeks later on July 17th. Chantal - Our first daughter; she brought joy, she brought tears. She was loved, she was cared for. She shared our lives for a little while.

Her short life has meant a lot to many people. Thank you God for her life. This poem, source unknown, was read at Chantal's Thanksgiving service on June 23rd 1991.

"I'll lend you for a little while, 
 a child of mine" God said,
 "for you to love her while she lives,
 and mourn for when she's dead.
 It may be two or three short years,
 or twenty-two or three,
 but will you, till I call her back,
 take care of her for me?
 She'll bring her charms to gladden you,
 and should her stay be brief,
 you'll have her lovely memories
 as solace for your grief.
 I cannot promise she will stay,
 since all from earth return,
 but there are lessons taught down there
 I want this child to learn.
 I've looked the wide world over
 in my search for teacher's true,
 and from the throngs that crowd life's lanes,
 I have selected you.
 Now will you give her all your love?
 Nor think the labor vain?
 Nor hate me when I come to call,
 to take her back again?"
 God fancied he heard the parent's say,
 "Dear Lord, thy will be done.
 For all the joy the child shall bring,
 the risk of grief I'll run.
 I'll shelter her with tenderness,
 I'll love her while I may, 
 and for the happiness I've known
 forever grateful I'll stay.
 But should the angels call for her,
 much sooner than I planned,
 I'll brave the bitter grief that comes,
 and try to understand."

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