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  • Test Billy Finnegan Jennifer James McCollum
  • — an original e book— ©2008
  • — acknowledgements— Cover photo by Parker Deen Music is Londonderry Air , the anthem of Northern Ireland. Text originally penned March 2005 Revised June 2008 View slide
  • For sweet boys — everywhere— View slide
  • And the mothers they left — or were left by—
  • One night, when there was nothing left to shatter or wound he appeared to her in a dream. It happened on the night she thought she was finished.
  • He was just a boy, but the only boy she ever knew. His hair was tousled and his grin was a sunny spell, like the Irish morning.
  • He looked familiar – only purer and happier than anyone she’d ever known.
  • He looked at her. (Peculiar and unprecedented was the dialogue that occurred between this woman and boy.)
  • Whatever they knew, they never told anybody. (Not a word to the world or even each other.)
  • When he walked toward her it was the colossal journey, joy and burden of destiny. (The meant-to-be in each of their lives.)  
  • She never invited him, but there he was. (The gift for which she never knew to ask.)
  • Years later, if not longer, she left him for Killyleagh or thereabouts.
  • That was so leaving her would be easier for him, still.
  • ( )
  • — About the night the baby Jesus was born, and how excited the shepherds were and how fast they spread news of the Savior’s birth — Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. (Luke 2:19)
  • Thirty-three years later, she attended his execution.
  • Leaving takes many forms.
  • Who did you leave?
  • Or give up?
  • Or lose?
  • Or have taken away?
  • Who left you?
  • When you took the wings of the morning and dwelt in the sea His hand held you — through all that leaving— (Psalm 139)
  • Peter said our lives were like grass. We all wither and fall.
  • Paul of Tarsus said our perception of reality was imperfect. We see through a glass darkly. (I Corinthians 13)
  • It won’t always be this way. One day, we will wither no more. We will look into a mirror and see everything as it really is. We will understand everything, and realize He always has.
  • This is the Judge’s mercy seat: — compassion, leniency— It endures forever. (Psalm 139)
  • — celebrate— for none of the leaving was in vain. (He has counted your tears, and is working it all out for your good.)
  • — not even the dying—
  • Test Jennifer James McCollum was born in Los Angeles. She has lived in Oklahoma for 25 years. Please visit her Web log at http://jennifer67.blogspot.com.