No Regrets

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Last Sunday my sermon focused on living our Christian lives before God so that we might have no regrets. I included a poem that I have found meaningful:

No Regrets

 

If I knew it would be the last time

that I’d see you fall asleep,

I would tuck you in more carefully

and pray the Lord your soul to keep.

 

If I knew it would be the last time

That I’d see you walk out the door,

I would give you a hug and kiss

And call you back for yet one more.

 

If I knew it would be the last time

I’d hear your voice lifted up in praise,

I would record each action and word

So I could play them back day after day.

 

If I knew it would be the last time

I could spare an extra minute or two

To stop and say, “I love you,” instead of

Assuming, you would KNOW that I do.

 

If I knew it would be the last time

I would be there to share your day,

Well, I’m sure you’ll have so many more

So I can let just this one slip away.

 

For surely there’s always tomorrow

To make up for an oversight,

And we always get a second chance

To make everything alright.

 

There will always be another day

To say our “I love yous,”

And certainly there’s another chance

To say our “Anything I can dos?”

 

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 if you’re waiting for tomorrow

Why not do it today?

For “if tomorrow never comes,”

You’ll surely regret the day.

 

That you didn’t take that extra time

For a smile, a hug, or a kiss

And you were too busy to grant someone

What turned out to be their one last wish.

 

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.

 

Take time to say, “I’m sorry,” “please

forgive me,” thank you,” or “it’s okay.”

And “if tomorrow never comes,”

You’ll have no regrets about today.

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