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From Tragedy to Triumph
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By Gary James Smith
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From tragedy to triumph,
What glory in the cross!
That Jesus Christ the Lamb of God,
Sustains us in our loss.

Though loved ones befall trials,
And death itself knocks too
abiding in the love of God,
He gives us grace anew.

Not victims of our circumstances,
But victors in the fray!
We stand triumphant with our Lord,
Who guides us all the way.

Though tears may fall so freely,
And voice seems weak in song,
Within our breast are wells of joy,
Our Lord doth make us strong!

Take hope my friends and ponder,
Though our son be laid to rest;
His bodys but a temple,
His spirts with the Blest!

Gary J. Smith Copyright July 24, 1999 @ 12;00 a.m.

In Loving Memory of Stratton Phillip Smith

Sept. 18,1984 to July 20, 1999

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Submitted: Saturday, April 19, 2003

Last Updated: Tuesday, August 17, 2004

About the Poet
I came to know the Lord as my personal Saviour in January of 1972. I was married on Oct 21,1966 to my wife Linda who also loves the Lord. We have ten children and now twenty-four grand children. In Aug 2012 we got the announcement of the birth of our first GREAT grand child (a baby girl). I was thrilled to find others of like precious faith and belief in Jesus Christ. Hallelujah! What a Savior! I am presently living in Champion, Alberta, Canada but we are originally from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada. That is where the poem Canadian Tribute to America was birthed. One Sunday as I walked across the city on my way to church I came to the top of a hill and looked across at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. After watching the events of the Sept 11 tragedy it was weighing on my heart and mind and the Lord gave me these words. We came to Calgary and when my oldest daughter saw this poem she said, �Dad, what�s this?� and I said a poem and she replied �Dad, that�s not a poem , that�s a song� and she then went to the piano and began to sing and play it. The result of which turned into a song entitled, A Canadian Tribute to America which she recorded on CD. garyjamessmith2005@yahoo.ca

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