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Merry Christmas From Heaven poem

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I received this poem in an email this morning and wanted to share it with my Christmas family. It's certainly not new, but I have never seen it before.

Merry Christmas From Heaven

I still hear the songs

I still see the lights

I still feel your love on cold wintry nights

I still share your hopes

and all of your cares

I'll even remind you

to please say your prayers

I just want to tell you

you still make me proud

You stand head and shoulders

above all the crowd

Keep trying each moment

to stay in His grace

I came here before you

to help set your place

you don't have to be

perfect all of the time

He forgives you the slip

If you continue the climb

To my family and friends

please be thankful today

I'm still close beside you

In a new special way

I love you all dearly

now don't shed a tear

Cause I'm spending my

Christmas with Jesus this year.

Author: John Wm. Mooney, Jr.

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