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Rawls Family,
You don't know me because I am sure that Dustin took my secret failures with him when he left, but I wanted you to know what he did for me.  Dustin saved my life a few years ago.  I would not be here but for him...if he had not been there that night with me in my hours of pure hellish darkness. I wish I could explain to you where I was that night but it is beyond words.  I wish he could see where I am in my life and what he gave me the chance to become...My life is amazing because of him. You already know that he was great. There should be more people like him but we both know that there never will be.  I am sorry for you and your family to have lost something so precious. I want you to know that since that day I have loved him from the bottom of my heart and would have done anything for him..he had only to ask.  I have talk to him 7 times since that night and in all these years the only thing he ever wanted from me was for me to live....so that is what I did.  I am married now and am truly happy and I hope he is happy with what he sees from Heaven.  I know that with my past as ugly as it is I could never hope to end up where Dustin is but I can always hope that God will let me see him in passing..that would be enough for me. I did not send this to you to glorify myself and actually I would rather stay anonymous...I only wanted you to know how he changed my life or actually how he gave me my life back.  I love him and my heart is broken but somehow i know that he would not want me to dwell on his death but to keep living a good life in honor of him and i will do just that...My son's middle name will be Dustin for the man who gave him this chance to live..to love...  I hope that somewhere in my life I can help some one else the way Dustin helped me.  I will aspire to be more like him. Please if you could tell me where he is buried i would like to go there to be with him one last time to say good-bye. 
 
                                                                         With All The Sorrow
                                                                              
P.S. I thought you might like to know that our birthdays are only a few days apart and on my 16th birthday he came when no one else did and we exchanged presents and it didn't even matter to me that no one else wanted to come....he was the light guiding this broken heart. I will always feel a little lost without him.
 
I want you to read the poem i wrote shortly after that day. I had it published and framed a copy of it and it now hangs on a wall in my hallway.
 Some Body's Angel 
 
Today I found an angel

  She taught me how to live

  In just one day I learned to love someone

 She was a child unlike any other

 Someone else's little angel

 My borrowed angel

   Alone she play with the Lord

  A golden ring of joy

 She laughed a happy laugh

  I couldn't understand

  Someone who had so little

 Could be this happy

 I asked her how this was

 She looked at me with pain

   In her eyes i saw the answer

   Love, Life, Hope, Faith, the Lord

  This was her secret

   Just then I heard a voice

 I've given you my light

And I will be asking for it back soon

So take this gift from me to you

  and cherish your life

 I closed my eyes and prayed

 That God would show me

  How to use this precious gift

To better my own life

The little angel smiled

She took my hand and said

The answer is in your heart and

In your loved ones

She told me she had to go now

 Family is home

Home is truly where the heart is

To me she said these words

 Until right then I never understood

All I can say is thank God

I found that little angel

 Whomever she belonged to.

 Today I found an Angel 

 Somebody else's Little Angel

 My borrowed angel

                                       Amen-----09/12/1999                                        

     

As Dustin lights the heavens with his light of love and life, this torch I have in his memory will stay lit in my heart.

I love you and miss you! Uncle Hungry

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When Tomorrow Starts Without Me!

When Tomorrow Starts Without Me
When tomorrow starts without me,
And I'm not there to see,
If the sun should rise and find your eyes
All filled with tears for me;

I wish so much you wouldn't cry
The way you did today,
While thinking of the many things,
We didn't get to say.

I know how much you love me,
As much as I love you,
And each time that you think of me,
I know you'll miss me too;

But when tomorrow starts without me,
Please try to understand,
That an angel came and called my name,
And took me by the hand,

And said my place was ready,
In heaven far above,
And that I'd have to leave behind
All those I dearly love.

But as I turned to walk away,
A tear fell from my eye
For all my life, I'd always thought,
I didn't want to die.

I had so much to live for,
So much left yet to do,
It almost seemed impossible
That I was leaving you.

I thought of all the yesterdays,
The good ones and the bad,
I thought of all the love we shared,
And all the fun we had.

If I could relive yesterday,
Just even for a while,
I'd say good-bye and kiss you
And maybe see you smile.

But then I fully realized,
That this could never be,
For emptiness and memories,
Would take the place of me.

And when I thought of worldly things,
I might miss come tomorrow,
I thought of you, and when I did,
My heart was filled with sorrow.

But when I walked through heaven's gates,
I felt so much at home.
When God looked down and smiled at me,
From His great golden throne,

He said, "This is eternity,
And all I've promised you.
Today your life on earth is past,
But here life starts anew.

I promise no tomorrow,
But today will always last,
And since each day's the same way
There's no longing for the past.

You have been so faithful,
So trusting and so true.
Though there were times you did some things
You knew you shouldn't do.

But you have been forgiven
And now at last you're free.
So won't you come and take my hand
And share my life with me?"

So when tomorrow starts without me,
Don't think we're far apart,
For every time you think of me,
I'm right here, in your heart.

 

 


 

SAFELY HOME
 
I am home in Heaven, dear ones;
Oh, so happy and so bright!
There is perfect joy and beauty
In this everlasting light.

All the pain and grief is over,
Every restless tossing passed;
I am now at peace forever,
Safely home in Heaven at last.

Did you wonder I so calmly
Trod the valley of the shade?
Oh! but Jesus' love illumined
Every dark and fearful glade.

And He came Himself to meet me
In that way so hard to tread;
And with Jesus' arm to lean on,
Could I have one doubt or dread?

Then you must not grieve so sorely,
For I love you dearly still;
Try to look beyond earth's shadows,
Pray to trust our Father's Will.

There is work still waiting for you,
So you must not idly stand;
Do it now, while life remaineth-
You shall rest in Jesus' land. 
 
When that work is all completed,
He will gently call you Home;
Oh, the rapture of that meeting,
Oh, the joy to see you come!
 


Kathy George
Bishop's Office Needs

You Raise Me Up

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When I am down and oh, my soul's so weary.
When troubles come and my heart burdened be.
Then I am still and wait here in the silence
until you come and sit a while with me.


You raise me up so I can stand on mountains.
You raise me up to walk on stormy seas.
I am strong when I am on your shoulders.
You raise me up to more than I can be.


There is no life, no life without its hunger.
Each restless heart beats so imperfectly.
But when you come and I am filled with wonder,
sometimes I think I glimpse eternity.


You raise me up so I can stand on mountains.
You raise me up to walk on stormy seas.
I am strong when I am on your shoulders.
You raise me up to more than I can be...

You raise me up - to - more - than - I - can - be.

 

Dustin Marshall Rawls
September 2, 1982 - September 27, 2007
Dustin Lives on Through All The Many People that had the honor to know him! I love you my Son!
God Blessed Me So giving you as my son and Tiffany as my daughter!
 

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"Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love,
       for I have put my trust in you.
       Show me the way I should go,
       for to you I lift up my soul."     Psalm 143:8

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Lord, thank You for bringing peace to my heart. I pray that You would help me be a peace-maker in my family and community...and even in the world. Help me to live in harmony with my friends and loved ones...and with my Christian family as well. Please forgive me for arguing (even when it's just in my mind and I don't carry through in person!) and being so "disagreeable" at times. Help me to see things through other people eye's so that I can better understand where they are coming from. Help me to see things through Your eyes so that I can handle situations with wisdom and understanding. Remind me to think before I speak and pray before I act. May Your will be done through me today. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen. 

This is from “Prime Time With God

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