Gifts That Never End

From my mom…


My mom read this to me quite a few years ago.

Today’s her birthday; I wish I could read it to her now…


May you always have an angel at your side
watching out for you in all the things you do,
reminding you to keep believing in brighter days,
finding ways for your wishes and dreams to come true;
giving you hope that is as certain as the sun.
giving you the strength of serenity as your guide.
May you always have love and comfort and courage.

And may you always have an angel by your side,
someone there to catch you if you fall;
encouraging your dreams, inspiring your happiness,
holding your hand and helping you through it all.

In all of our days, our lives are always changing.
Tears come along as well as smiles.
Along the roads you travel, may the miles be a thousand times more lovely than lonely.
May they give you gifts that never, ever end:
Someone wonderful to love and a dear friend in whom you can confide.
May you have rainbows after every storm.
May you have hopes to keep you warm.

And may you always have an angel by your side.

     ~ Douglas Pagels