I also remember seeing him in 2005, not long before his death, appearing on the balcony of the Apostolic Apartment and giving his apostolic blessing to the pilgrims gathered in the Square. My feeling at that time was much the same, even though I was now Catholic and had been at that point for a very long time.
O Blessed Trinity, we thank You for having graced the Church with Pope John Paul II and for allowing the tenderness of Your Fatherly care, the glory of the Cross of Christ, and the splendor of the Spirit of love, to shine through him. Trusting fully in Your infinite mercy and in the maternal intercession of Mary, he has given us a living image of Jesus the Good Shepherd, and has shown us that holiness is the necessary measure of ordinary Christian life and is the way of achieving eternal communion with You. Grant us, by his intercession, and according to Your will, the graces we implore, hoping that he will soon be numbered among Your saints
JPII, I still miss you, even as I love Pope Benedict XVI, who certainly would've been Bl. Pope John Paul's pick to succeed him.