The Dying Soul
By Rita Broden
Two Christmases were given
Another birthday came
Another little grandson
With which to play a little game.
Unless the Lord does intervene
The game will go un-played
Sickness has now taken hold
And has left good health betrayed.
This soul no longer thinks about
The things they thought before
They know that death is knocking –
In fact, it’s standing at their door.
Reflections now, upon their life,
Bring thoughts of much regret
So much time they’d wasted –
So many lost souls they’d not met.
“If only…” are the echoes
That ring within their mind
Scenarios of thoughts “What if…?”
Do leave their scars behind.
Words once said in judgment
Go ’round and ’round their head
They cringe now as they realize
They lie in judgment’s bed.
Time, it seems, is running out
With only death’s thoughts left
And, as is the case with death
It will leave some folks bereft.
We all know that death’s coming
But its impact’s only felt
When we’re given words that make us see
The hand that we’ve been dealt.
Invincible, we think we are!
Death? Well…not just yet!
And so, we live our lives to self –
Incurring selfish debt.
Just how many lost souls
Could have been reached if we’d but tried?
How many homeless, hungry folks
Could we have helped before we died?
That money that was spent on ‘things’
We really didn’t need
God could have used for Kingdom growth
But, instead, was used for greed.
Some of us may have a clue
When death may come around
Some others it may snatch away
With not so much as a sound.
But, indeed, we have appointments –
Each one of us will die
God ordained death long ago
One day we all must say, ‘Good-bye’.
But right now we still have life and breath!
We still have time to make things right!
We can choose to follow Jesus
Or, we can descend to darkest night.
Until we take our final breath
On this side of the grave
There’s still more time to witness
There’s still more souls that can be saved.
So, if the medical professionals
Tell you death is a sure bet
If you’ve lived your life for Jesus
Death will bring you no regret.