If?

April 9, 2019

     

 

May I ask you a question? Is today probably the best time to let others know just how much you care? Perhaps we won’t regret yesterdays as much if we ask ourselves each day, “What can I share of myself today with someone whom I love?

 

My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.

 

 

 

One of the sad things I’ve discovered about growing older is that I’ve become increasingly aware of how much I missed when I was younger. I’m not talking about the fun and adventure. I had plenty of that growing up. No, I’m talking about the questions I should have asked parents and grandparents now long gone. I was particularly reminded of this the other day as I was paging through an inspirational book passed down to me after my maternal grandmother’s death. There were little notes penciled in the margins here and there; little memorials of a woman I loved but never really knew that well. Widowed for decades, there were many questions I could have asked about my grandfather, about her ability to cope and the depth of her loneliness over those many years. These occur to me now but, as a youth, they didn’t. If only …

 

Here’s a poem from that book. Beside the first line my grandmother had simply written the word “If”: “If I knew it would be the last time that I’d see you fall asleep, I would tuck you in more tightly and pray the Lord, your soul to keep. If I knew it would be the last time that I see you walk out the door, I would give you a hug and kiss and call you back for one more. For surely there’s always tomorrow to make up for an oversight, and we always get a second chance to make everything right. But just in case I might be wrong, and today is all I get, I’d like to say how much I love you and I hope we never forget. Tomorrow is not promised to anyone, young or old alike. And today may be the last chance you get to hold your loved one tight. So hold your loved ones close today, whisper in their ear; tell them how much you love them and that you’ll always hold them dear. (Author unknown) 

 

As the old saying goes, “If tomorrow never comes, make sure you have no regrets about today.” If there’s someone in your life you hold dear, today is probably the best time to let them know just how much. We won’t regret yesterday if we ask ourselves each day, “What can I share of myself with someone else today?” It’s a recipe for less regret and more satisfaction as we pass through this life. God has put us here expressly for this purpose; not to regret what we didn’t say or do, but, rather, to appreciate what we did. If only we had taken the time to do it. 

 

We pray. Everlasting Father, we thank You for the breath of life that we are so fortunate to have every morning, and for health, strength, prosperity and favor. Continue to bless us, Oh Lord, and hold us together with Your unconditional love and grace. Spirit of God, let Your glory fall afresh on us and revive us as You have Your way. We will spread Your love with those we are fortunate to interact with, especially our loving families. Fill us with your power as Your glory is risen upon us. Allow Your love to radiate through us and present opportunities for us to be of service to others. In Jesus' name we pray, Amen.

 

Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

 

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<markcbrunner@thispassingday.com> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.

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