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Mike and Kerry have been married for 12 wonderful years! Colin and Ashlynn keep us on our toes with activities, constant jokes and entertainment. We were blessed to add Bethany, our eldest daughter, to our family a few years ago...she started out as the best babysitter EVER and quickly became part of the family. We enjoy out Air Force life and view every move as a new adventure full of travel and new friends! In that great adventure we've moved from Columbus, MS to Suffolk, VA to Waldorf, MD to Fairborn, OH to GERMANY to Burke, VA and now our lates move settles us in bright sunny Fairfield, CA!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

IF I KNEW.....

The letter from the Pastor’s Desk in our church bulletin had me in tears on the way home today….so I thought I would share.

In honor of Christopher (Mike's brother who left us all too early) on the day to remember…..hoping it not only brings you to tears as well but that God somehow inspires actions in all of us!

Dear Friends,

As I read the following “If I Knew,” by George Michael Grossman, I thought about the words of Stephen
Grellet: “I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good thing that I can do or any kindness I can show to any fellow human being let me do it now. Let me not defer it for I shall not pass this way again.” So often we procrastinate.

How often have you attended a funeral with regret that you had not said what needed to be said weeks,
months or years before – but now it is too late? Maybe you’ve regretted not tearing down the wall you had kept up for so long and usually for an inconsequential reason in the first place? How often have we been slow in justcshowing appreciation to another? Or simply telling another that you love them? My grandmother had a favorite expression: “Give me my flowers while I am living.”- say the nice things now. Perhaps the following lines are so poignant for me because of a funeral this past Tuesday for a 35 year old woman killed in a car accident. What I am certain of is that life is all too short and some of us are too stingy sharing our love and appreciation for others.

How easy to take people for granted- even within our own family. The following is food for thought for all of us.

If I Knew
by Norma Cornett Marek

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 say our "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," "Thank you,"
"Please forgive me," or "It's okay."
And if tomorrow never comes,
you'll have no regrets about today!

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