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<P>Here is our Beautiful Tree of Hope.</P>

<P><A HREF="#poem">View the poem</A> that is on the signpost you see near the tree.</P>

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<A NAME="poem"><H3 ALIGN=CENTER>A Poem for the Tree of Hope</H3></A>

<P>Here is the poem we've chosen for our tree, which is on the sign that you see in the tree photo. It was given to me by George Sherman of the <STRONG>Compuserve Cancer Forum</STRONG>:</P>

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<STRONG><EM>Christmas In Heaven</EM></STRONG> </P>

<P>I've had my first Christmas in Heaven, <BR>
A glorious, wonderful day! <BR>
I stood with the saints of the ages, <BR>
Who found Christ the truth and the way. </P>

<P>I sang with the heavenly choir; <BR>
Just think! I, who longed so to sing; <BR>
And Oh, what celestial music <BR>
We brought to our Saviour and King! </P>

<P>We sang the glad songs of redemption, <BR>
How Jesus to Bethlehem came, <BR>
And how they had called his name Jesus, <BR>
That all might be saved through His name. </P>

<P>We sang once again with the angels, <BR>
The song that they sang that blest morn, <BR> When shepherds first heard the glad story, <BR> That Jesus, the Saviour, was born. </P>

<P>Oh, loved ones, I wish you had been here. <BR>
No Christmas on Earth could compare <BR>
With all the rapture and glory <BR>
We witnessed in Heaven so fair. </P>

<P>You know how I always loved Christmas; <BR>
It seemed such a wonderful day, <BR>
With all of my loved ones around me, <BR>
The children so happy and gay. </P>

<P>Yes, Now I can see why I loved it. <BR>
And Oh, what a joy it will be <BR>
When you and my loved ones are with me, <BR>
To share in the glories I see. </P>

<P>So, dear ones on Earth, here's my greeting: <BR>v Look up till the day dawn appears, <BR>
And Oh, what a Christmas awaits us, <BR>
Beyond all our partings and tears! </P>

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