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Ron
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0 posted 05-04-2011 09:03 AM       View Profile for Ron   Email Ron   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Ron's Home Page   View IP for Ron

I write this post with heavy heart. Moments ago, I received the following email from Bill's former wife:

Bill Charles is in a Hospice Center in Revelstoke, Canada, with Stage IV cancer of the liver. Bill has posted many poems on your Web Site for the past 14 years. Asking for prayers for him and his family.
Margherita
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1 posted 05-04-2011 09:14 AM       View Profile for Margherita   Email Margherita   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Margherita

Oh, thank you Ron, for letting us know. I recently sent an e-mail to Bill wondering ... I am soooo sorry to hear this bad news.

But we must not lose hope and I will pray for him to recover, but especially that there may be no pain for him.

Dear Bill has touched our hearts with his romantic poetry along the years and also with his kind nature and gentleness.

I am very sad, but I want to reassure Bill that he will be in my heartprayers.

Love,
Margherita
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2 posted 05-04-2011 09:16 AM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Heavy heart indeed. Bill has been an integral part of the site for a very long time. He is a decent poet and a good man with a kind word for all. My prayers are with him.
Sunshine
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Thank you, Ron. He has always had a kind word for all of the poets he ever met through the blue pages.

My prayers are with him and his family.

serenity blaze
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4 posted 05-04-2011 10:11 AM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

I hope and pray that Bill will soon learn how very much he means to us all, and how very still our hearts have become learning of this news...

A true gentleman. Be well, I pray you.

Denise
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5 posted 05-04-2011 10:18 AM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

Sad indeed. Prayers on the way.
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6 posted 05-04-2011 12:17 PM       View Profile for ThisDiamond   Email ThisDiamond   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit ThisDiamond's Home Page   View IP for ThisDiamond

Heavy heart.

May I share the following reading and a prayer that it inspired:

Does God Heal Today?
By Robert Kolar, a believer in miracles.

I've heard people say "It's God's will" or "I'll just leave it up to God" when faced with a serious illness or tragedy. Don't fall into that trap. God wants us to pray to him for help. In Luke 18:1 Jesus told his disciples that they "should always pray and not give up." and then Jesus asked "...will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night?" Pray to God from your heart for healing. Don't stop. Don't give up. God wants us to ask him for help. He loves us.
Over 20 percent of the Gospel is about the healing ministry of Jesus Christ. Jesus taught his disciples how to pray and heal. He sent them to carry on his work. Wouldn't Jesus want his followers to pray for healing today?
Many spiritual writers have defined the call of healing so narrowly that some people feel they don't qualify. But today a new awakening in faith has made us realize we are not only called into healing for ourselves, but also in various degrees into healing each other.
The Bible actually gives us some directions on how to pray for healing. For example, in James 5:14-15 we are told: "Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. 15) And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven." and in James 5:16 we are asked to "confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed." and then told that "The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective." In Mark 11:23-25 Jesus further instructs to forgive when we pray "I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, `Go, throw yourself into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him. 24) Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. 25) And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins."
Only someone facing or sharing a serious sickness, pain or tragedy knows how hard it is. They know how hard it is to cope with the fear and uncertainty. They know how absurd it sounds when someone first tells them to "keep a positive attitude". They know how terrifying it is when the doubt comes. They know how hard it is to throw a mountain into the sea. But remember what Jesus told us in Matthew 17:19-20 when he said "I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, `Move from here to there' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you." Faith as small as a mustard seed sounds a little like hope to me, and that's a good start.


This healing prayer~
I have heard the winds of change Lord, as they sway and crackle the frozen branches in a last of winter plea.  From my heart I speak into your ear with the certainty that you are listening.  Many times I find your strength moving among my limbs, guiding my hands to do things I never thought I could.  
As I engage the winds as you have made them, then to linger in the smile of the sun by your design, I become immeasurably moved to bow my head and pray.  It is the hope that I have, it is the very blood in my veins.  These small grains of faith, when I am gulping breaths of cold and swallowing sobs of fear, these small grains of faith called hope.
Father, our friend is strong in your grace, and has revealed a difficult passage, presently wrought with illness and fatigue.  As we gather here on his behalf, we ask your care and gentle handling of Bill.  
Whatever you so will, shall be in his best interest, just as it is for all of us who come to you.  We ask for relief from his pain, pardon from his burdens and healing for his mind, body and spirit.  
We are grateful for our friend Father, and grateful for the sacrifice of your son on our behalf.  Please extend each a portion from all of us for the collective good of our friend and colleague Bill Charles.  
Father, please hold him gently in your healing hands and accept our prayers in testament of our faith that he will be well and restored soon in your might and glory.
Amen
God bless you and your family Bill, and fair weather on your journey.

Martie
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I'm so sorry to hear this news about Bill.  He has been such a good poet friend with a loving heart.  Thank you for letting us know.
nakdthoughts
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8 posted 05-04-2011 02:16 PM       View Profile for nakdthoughts   Email nakdthoughts   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for nakdthoughts

I have been trying to get in touch with him for quite awhile and was wondering why I hadn't heard back.

I met Bill as one of the first from this site and he truly is every bit the gentleman one would expect from his writings. If anyone happens to find out if he can receive mail or phone calls could they let me know.

Thinking of you Bill, and  those  who love you and will keep you in my prayers.

M
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*praying*

sad day indeed
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I have been wondering where he is and have missed him.  Bill Charles is in my prayers and thoughts.  He has shared a lot of beauty with us.

Alison
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Oh my. I will keep Bill and his family in my prayers. He was always a joy to read.
Nan
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12 posted 05-05-2011 07:39 AM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

This is sad indeed.  Bill's romantic poetry is a cornerstone of PipTalk.
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13 posted 05-05-2011 02:19 PM       View Profile for Paul Wilson   Email Paul Wilson   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Paul Wilson

So sorry to hear this news about Bill, he is a true friend and poet with a heart of gold. We spoke many time and I always felt better after talking to him. I pray that he will find comfort in knowing that we all love and miss him here at PIP. I will pray for him...Paul

~~To share my poems with you is to share my heart with you~~
Paul

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14 posted 05-05-2011 03:38 PM       View Profile for Mysteria   Email Mysteria   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mysteria

I certainly feel the weight of this news.  Bill is and always will be a forever friend.  A fellow BC Canuck, who wrote from his heart always.

My prayers are to his family and friends up in Revelstoke.  Please keep us posted.
Ron
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quote:
> Ron:
>
> Our daughter recieved a call about one hour ago that Bill passed away.
> May
> he rest in peace.
>
> Thank you for all of your prayers.
> Angela

Thanks for letting us know, Angela.

The prayers for Bill's family will continue. Links to Bill's poetry will also be added to our memorial site in the not too distant future: http://remember.netpoets.net/

Bill was a wonderful man, much loved within our community of writers. He will be missed.

Ron


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I am very truly sorry to hear this.  Rest in peace, Bill.  You will be missed by everyone at PipTalk...
Sunshine
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Thank you, Ron.

This is why I volunteer at Hospice. While most who enter through its doors won't go home to recover, Hospice is one of the places where the act of leaving this plane is a gift and one goes on to the next plane in peace, with little pain.

Personally, I am glad we have a place of honor for our poets who have stepped through their last portal as we know it. I get a lot of comfort from reading the notes and seeing their faces, and it allows me to gather myself in quiet among their voices.

Thank you.

My prayers join the others for Bill Charles and his family and friends. I can already imagine him, playing his guitar, singing his songs, and wooing the angels.

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I am just so sad to hear of this latest news and hope that  his family realizes how much we cared for him. Thoughts and prayers are with all of you~~

M
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Rest in Peace, Bill. What a joyous day it will be when we all meet one day.

Prayers for Bill's family on the way.
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20 posted 05-07-2011 08:58 PM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Sad, sad days, indeed.

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21 posted 05-07-2011 11:04 PM       View Profile for Mysteria   Email Mysteria   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mysteria

Bill will truly be missed.  May he rest in peace.
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22 posted 05-08-2011 05:53 PM       View Profile for Margherita   Email Margherita   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Margherita

It makes me very sad that we shall not have the pleasure to welcome back here dear Bill, but in the same time I trust he had a peaceful transition and will be accompanied by the Angels to his new destination back Home.

It is good to know we will be able to read his poetry in the archives and remember him in the memorial site here at Pip.

Sending condolences to his family.

Love,
Margherita

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I am mastered totally by Love."
(Rumi)
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23 posted 05-08-2011 09:57 PM       View Profile for BluesSerenade   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for BluesSerenade

I am so sad to hear of Bill's passing.  He was a true gentle man
and the epitome of romantic poets.  God bless his dear heart.

Vaya con dios, Bill Charles~
Margherita
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24 posted 05-09-2011 06:59 PM       View Profile for Margherita   Email Margherita   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Margherita

Thank you dear TD for the beautiful prayer you posted. I am sure that our dear friend Bill has been assisted by caring Angels during his transition and that his soul was accompanied back Home into God's arms in a glorious way.

Love,
Margherita
 
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