This past Saturday at 6:30 PM my grandpa, Harry B Hill, stepped out of this earthly life and into the new life that Jesus has for him in heaven. We received the news Saturday morning that he was in his last hours. My two brothers and I decided to head over to San Marcos, Texas to spend a few final moments with him.
When my other grandparents passed away, I was away from them and simply received the phone call. God allowed us to arrive in time to be able to spend some time with him. Although he was unable to communicate we had a chance to share some words with him. We went around the circle and each spoke to him about all the things we appreciated about him and how he had impacted our lives. We then took a moment to pray for him and thank God for him.
As we drove back that night, my brother and I somehow stumbled across Garth Brooks’ greatest hits album on his play list. We had a little sing along with Garth session for the last portion of our trip. One of his songs stuck out to me that night. Here are some of the lyrics:
‘If Tomorrow Never Comes’ – Garth Brooks
‘Cause I’ve lost loved ones in my life
Who never knew how much I loved them
Now I live with the regret
That my true feelings for them never were revealed
So I made a promise to myself
To say each day how much she means to me
And avoid that circumstance
Where there’s no second chance to tell her how I feel
It is tragic that I neglect to tell my closest and dearest friends and family how much I appreciate them. How empowering it would be if I took the opportunity today to simply send an email, write a note, pick up the phone and speak words of encouragement and thanks into the lives of those who’ve been a blessing in my life. Let’s seize the moment today and not put it off until tomorrow.