For Julie Gichuru

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Dear Julie,
I am deeply sorry if this story
Would elicit painful memories
But in it is a lesson to share
A great lesson to keep throughout life

Losing a son six months old
A loss of pain untold
For a mother it was too much
Even worse for you were helpless

Standing by that hospital bed
Watching as his life wasted
Stood there as he went lifeless
Loved him to the point he was breathless

A billion questions directed to none
In your mind had pitched camp
Torn between blaming yourself and asking God WHY?
The loss of a soul so young so much to bear

The pain so overwhelming
Suicidal thoughts in your mind
Not because you wanted to die
But just to be with young Mwaura

Doubts accompanied the pain
A stern inquiry into God’s will
A hazy understanding of life’s purpose
Uchungu wa mwana aujuaye mama

Yet through the pain there was hope
Beyond the sorrow shone a beam
A reminder by your daughter through faith
A hope of reunion in resurrection through Christ

Your worries and pain so devasating
Yet in all that you were reminded of this
The essence of true Christian belief and faith
with your husband you took a leap of faith

In your renewed hope another trial awaited
The gynecologist’s report left you shattered
As a mother, wife and a Christian your heart was tattered
Yet the surgery ended it all you walked out unaltered

The ‘I want to live’ statement did it all
Guided the path that brought the other two sons
The unwavering zeal to go back to work
The ideal strength of a God-fearing lady

The struggle painful and stressing to the core
Family, profession and religion all pressing
At the height of the distress you were almost cursing
Little did you know the sorrows were blessings in disguise?

On the operation bed you gasped for air
The breath of life without despair
Soon upon Christ’s return we’ll soar
To our real home peaceful and fair

The pain from the loss never tore you apart
Like the mustard seed with a meagre start
It prepared you for the most crucial part
To withstand everything and come out smart

Yours is an excellent story
That helps us witness God’s glory
The painful experience a testimony
That God is always with us in this journey

your faith solid as rock,I adore
That even in pain and loss you stood
Had the strength to hold the family in shock
Believed in God to do his good

Understanding God’s will brought you harmony
Accepting the outcome sowed in you hope
Gave you the courage to watch and pray
Redirected your dreams redefined your purpose

Praying for God’s blessings
Upon you and your family
That though the devil crafts his ways
You remain firm and rejoice finally

And yes you have the best voice
That has spoken to many here below
That peaceful life on earth is no choice
In heaven you’ll sing without sorrow

An epitomeof success you are
Success deeply rooted in unwavering faith in Christ
A living testimony of a relentless princess
Who gave up no hope even upon great test

#GodBlessYoujulie
May you continue to inspire and touch lives.

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Emmanuel Yegon is an all-round communicator who is passionate about photography, poetry, broadcast journalism and digital strategy. He has worked with top media brands in Kenya and garnered a wealth of experience. He has extensive knowledge of Social Media landscapes, networks and toolsets. He is committed to growth in the field of communication and best practice of journalism. He’s a communication finalist from Moi University.