Dearest Angel Raphael

For Raphael

I pray that I learn the way to live again, To love unconditionally, through the happy and the sad.... To feel the earthly happiness you bring me each day, I pray that I can learn to be myself, not to be someone else, one who wants to please the world.

I pray that one day I will stop and realize that I am here to live and learn, and learn from my mistakes, and to know it is alright to make them. I pray that one day I will stop trying to be someone that's perfect, All I want is to be like my Angels, and bring some goodness in to the world. bring some peace and tranquillity.. To be able to help others.... To hold a hand, to shed a tear, to comfort and to guide.

I want to be someone good, to try to make a difference, no matter how small, for I know all things grow in to big and beautiful things. Am I just being naive? trying to do something that I could never be or even ever achieve?

Dear God, Please lend me your hand... to point me in the right direction, to follow my life path that you have so beautifully made. I now know that with my life in your hands, I am safe and secure.

Please help me to be true to myself and to others.

Father, Thank you for all you have helped me become, thank you for such a wonderful family, thank you for each day you give me to live, to be able to learn something new each day, to be able to walk, talk and think. To have both hands and feet with all 10 fingers and toes. Thank you for all the strength you give me to be able to get up and show the world that I too, care.

Thank you Raphael, for always being there for me, for loving me and protecting me, and for showing me what love is. Thank you for your patience.

And thank you for being my bestest friend! You are my rock, my life and you mean the whole world to me!

I know we will be together forever.

Love Charlee
age 22