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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

No Regrets

There has been a tragedy here in northern California and I've been called to do critical incident stress debriefing (CISD). Blog posts are a very secondary concern during this time, but I found this poem and thought it was appropriate to share, given the current situation I'm dealing with. I hope it's a lesson to us all to appreciate the people in our lives while we have them.


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.

If I knew it would be the last time
I'd hear your voice lifted up in praise,
I would video tape 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
to stop and say "I love you,"
instead of assuming you would KNOW 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 just right.

There will always be another day
to say, "I love you,"
And certainly there's another chance
to ask, "Anything I can do?"

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,
and 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.

— Author Unknown

Please be praying for me as I lead several CISDs over the course of the week. It's draining work, so I'd appreciate it. Thanks so much.

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McKenzie McCann said...

Hmm, that poem is lovely. The flow is so natural and musical, even though most of the words aren't complex. I hope you help lots of people.

Cecilia Marie Pulliam said...

Praying. May God be with you as you counsel and aide those in desperate need. May he give you his strength and wisdom.

Beautiful poem.

Shannon said...

Good luck! I hope you manage to bring these poor people some peace.

Anonymous said...

I'm praying for you and for those you're ministering to.

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