My First Day in Heaven

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Written by Matthew Wojnarowski.

Dedicated to my daughter, Taylor, to celebrate her graduation to Heaven and the day she was made whole- January 2, 2019.

My final moments had quickly drawn near

The bright light faded to darkness sublime

A deafening silence was all I could hear

My earthly eyes closed for the last time.

A peaceful light then burst into view

My eyes were opened to a celestial sight

A place prepared for the faithful and true

Where there’s no pain and no more night.

I was greeted by family and friends of old

They held my hand and ushered me through

I ran and danced on streets of gold

Until the sight of Jesus came into view.

With open arms He met me there

He picked me up and held me tight

With a loving voice and piercing stare

Said “You’re home, Taylor; you’ve won the fight.”

I turned to Him with a wondering eye

To ask a thought that was on my heart

“Lord, all I ask of you is why?

Why was there no hope from the start?”

“At first it seemed that all was well

I used to sing, dance, run and play

Then came a change that none could foretell

Why did you slowly take it all away?”

“So many days I would see mommy cry

And daddy would hold her very close

My innocent mind would wonder why

Jesus, why was it me that you chose?”

“My child”, He said, “You must understand

Your earthly trial had a heavenly view

You were created by My own hand

That My works may be shown through you.”

“Though your legs had no strength to bear

And the road ahead was difficult to see

While you were led with loving care

You taught others to depend on me.”

“Though you had no voice to sing

Your story has spread throughout the earth

A song of hope will forever ring

Yours was a life of eternal worth.”

“For in My image you were made

You reflected My love for others to see

It was in My promises on which you stayed

Even through death, you led others to Me.”

“Thank you Jesus,” I said with a smile

“That my life on earth was not in vain

Your will was displayed all the while

To live was Christ, but to die was gain.”

“Jesus, there’s one more thing I want to ask

For mommy and daddy are missing me so

Send these words through heavenly task

In their heart and mind, please let them know.”

“Thank you for all the love you shared

I’ll forever sing this heavenly tune

Pure love was shown in the way you cared

Everything is better now, and I’ll see you soon.”

“I love you, Mommy, and please don’t cry

Your undying devotion was always the same

I love you, Daddy, for drawing me nigh

For making me yours and giving me your name.”

“We’ll be united soon on Glory’s side

And bask in the Sun on the heavenly shore

In God’s presence we’ll forever abide

And praise His healing name forevermore!”


  1. Absolutely beautiful! May God’s grace and mercy and peace and love and comfort continue to be with all of you during this time of loss, and also the joy of knowing Taylor is healed! Thank you for loving her with everything you had while she was here on earth with you and continue to show her love by living and trusting in God until you meet with her again on the heavenly shore! Love and Prayers to you all!

  2. Alice Camacho says:

    Rachel Thank You very much for sharing the letters so touching and beautiful, I wish I had the words and wisdom not to mention the strength you have. I can never find the right words to say to family and friends like you do, you are so very Blessed I will always have you and your family in prayer and thank you for sharing all the wonderful letters to Taylor. RIP Taylor
    Rachel keep up your wonderful journey in spreading Gods word.
    Alice Camacho

  3. Thank you Matt for these beautiful, heartfelt words and Rachel for sharing them.
    The lyrics of “Spoken for” by Mercy Me, remind me of your precious girl.
    The prayers of many are covering you all as you mourn Taylor’s earthly journey but rejoice with you too as she has been welcomed into her Heavenly home.
    Blessings to you all at this time, may the Lord hold you close.
    Eccl.3.1-8 “God’s perfect timing” .

  4. Dear Rachel, God bless and comfort you and your family. Thank you for opening your heart and lives to us. Thank you for sharing. Your words, love, and actions have blessed and helped us all.

  5. Beautiful! I’ll pray for your family to find comfort, peace, and to grow even closer together and to God.

  6. Beautifully said: God knows what He is doing with each of our lives, and they always have meaning. Our special children’s lives have meaning too! Thank you for being God’s instruments to share Taylor with the world, influencing others with the treasure that she was and the message of God’s love and faithfulness she shared. Love to you all!

  7. Kara Correale says:

    So beautiful and so true! Thank you for sharing your Taylor girl with us. Her life and your love taught and touched many. God bless your family.

  8. Thank You Taylor for all you did to bring people closer to our Lord, and to your family for sharing your story. We love you all- Taylor you are resurrected with Christ ,you are in paradise today! We are so happy for you , and send prayers to comfort your family.

  9. Judy Daniels says:

    Thank you again for sharing your thoughts and feelings. Taylor has made an impact on all of us. These letters have been very inspirational. Of all of the letters this one truly reflects the love of God you and Matt show to the world.

  10. How beautiful, and what strength it must have taken to write such a beautiful loving poem. My eyes are filled with tears for you however my heart is grateful to Jesus giving you such a loveing gift of Taylor. How hard it must have been, and how joyous to know shes singing and dancing with loved ones and Jesus in Heaven.
    God Bless you all, Joanne

  11. Such beautiful and touching words. Taylor will watch down on you all. She will remain in the hearts of many people around the world. God certainly had a plan for her and she carried it out amazingly.
    You are all in my heart and prayers. Thank you for sharing your journey and thank you to Taylor, I became closer to God through reading about you and your family. An amazing soul, will be missed on earth, but Heaven has definitely gained an angel. See you there sweet Taylor girl xxx

  12. Beautiful poem of an inspirational life, her story has indeed been spread around the world for I live on a little island in the Caribbean and I have been following her journey for a while now and it has been an inspiration to me. Thanks for sharing her story and God Bless you and your family.

  13. So beautiful, Rachel. Had to pass this on to my husband, as we continue to mourn the November graduation to heaven of our special-needs son David. Mitch spoke at our son’s memorial service, and he expressed most of the same thoughts. Praying for your whole family during this season of rejoicing that Taylor is now whole, yet mourning her loss from your home.

  14. I am so touched! Thank you for sharing your trials and tribulations and finding faith and trusting in our Almight God throughout it all. I’m not sure I would have had your strength, but you encouraged me to trust Him when we don’t understand His plan and will. I’m so glad Taylor is not hurting anymore, but will pray for you and your family because I know you feel such a loss!

  15. Beautiful poem of an inspirational life.

  16. This is so beautiful. Thank you for sharing. I’ve been following your letters to your amazing, courageous beautiful daughter Taylor. I’ve allowed my heart to enter in and I’ve cried with you and for you. Thank you for sharing your heart, for being so vulnerable with so many who technically are complete strangers but you’ve allowed us to feel like friends. Thank you for sharing Taylor with us. I will continue to pray for you. I pray that you won’t rush through your grieving. And you won’t ever not grieve losing Taylor and that’s ok. Taylor is too precious for that. You love her so deeply. Her life had and will continue to have such a huge impact in this world.
    If you ever need a resource to help you help others understand grieving, there’s a great little book called “The Little Black Funeral Dress” by Shirley Thiessen. Shirley lost her son Jordan just weeks after his wedding and was thrust into a world where well-meaning people who don’t understand grief say really dumb things. She offers some great ideas on how to survive the really hard days and it gives tools to those who want to help but just don’t know how.
    Praying for you

  17. Elizabeth Conrad says:

    Happy Graduation Taylor! Enjoy all the hugs you give to Jesus! Thank you for your ministry to those of us on earth. xxxx

  18. Rachel, your faith, transparency, vulnerability, and ability to encourage others during your journey is absolutely amazing! May the comfort and peace of God be with you and your family during your time of bereavement.

  19. Jill Hasker says:

    Beautiful! Keeping your family in my heart & prayers ?

  20. So very touching. It is good to see a fathers side. Thank you both for sharing your grief and joy with us.

  21. That is absolutely beautiful! Thank you for always sharing Taylor with us! Her life was certainly not in vain, just as stated in this sweet poem.

    Prayers for your family!


  22. So beautiful. Such a lovely family Taylor had. The letter is so heartwarming God be with you all. Happy graduation Taylor

  23. Christy Beynon says:

    Thank you for sharing your pain, your struggles, your joy and your hope with us. This is so beautiful.

  24. Wow. Just beautiful. Hallelujah!! What a day that will be!!

  25. Your letter is very beautiful, heart warming and loving. I can see Taylor running on the streets of Gold singing and dancing with smiles on her face and so much love in her heart. Praise the Lord in Jesus name Amen. My Son is their also, I believe he is fishing and whole no more pain. We will see our Children one day to see their happiness and love beyond words can say.
    My Prayers and Love to you all.

  26. Mary Margaret says:

    How precious

  27. Dan Dougherty says:

    OH MY GOD! Bless you all!

  28. Goodness that is so incredibly powerful. What wonderful words and I pray that they give you solace (and heavenly joy) in the days and weeks to come.

  29. Beautiful words sounds like dad has a talent for words as well. May God give you comfort in your time apart from Taylor but may your hearts continue to find comfort that she is whole. Prayers to you in this time.

  30. Beautiful! Your family remain in my prayers.

  31. Oh Rachel, I’m so saddened to hear this. Know that many will be praying for your family & take comfort that your ministry & this beautiful poem will encourage other struggling families. May her memory be a blessing now and forever.

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