I woke up this morning.
Nothing I haven’t done every other morning of my life. But today seemed different. Two days ago a friend of mine didn’t wake up. When the Lord takes someone we love home it affects each of us differently but affect us it does.
I saw Donna on Monday. During our short time together she told me twice she loves me, she told me she misses me every day (we worked together for two years until recently), and she didn’t let me leave without giving me one of her big bear hugs. She left nothing unsaid or unexpressed between us. I’ve thought a lot about that the last two days. Because of her, I will never look back at our last time together and say, “I wish I had…” anything. She didn’t know we would never see each other again on earth. We made plans to have lunch next week.
She went to bed that Monday night, and sometime in the night Jesus came and took her home with Him. I’m happy for her. But when I woke up this morning I was struck with the reality that when we let ourselves fall asleep we are putting our full faith in our Creator and Sustainer to awaken us in the morning. I can hear the childhood prayer running through my head; “Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep, If I should die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take.”
I woke up this morning. But that doesn’t automatically mean I will wake up tomorrow morning. I made sure every interaction I had with someone today left nothing unexpressed. I learned that from Donna and I pray it becomes the way I live the rest of my days here on earth.
I want to let everyone know I care about them, tell the people in my life I appreciate them, give lots of bear hugs and leave nothing unsaid. Not just today, but I want to live every day as though I’m Awake!