Last week I read in the advice column in the paper about a couple who was celebrating 50 years of marriage. The husband wrote that someone commented, ¡§Ken, 50 years is a long time.¡¨ He immediately responded: ¡§Not nearly as long as it would have been without her.¡¨ I couldn¡¦t get the man¡¦s answer out of my mind. All day long I kept thinking, ¡§not nearly as long as it would have been without her.¡¨ Finally, I found myself starting to write about my life with Cynthia and the conclusion that all I really want from her is: Just one more day!¡¨ (Read Poem: ¡§Just One More Day!¡¨)
Just One More Day¡K Written by Dr. Larry L. Thompson in honor of his wife Cynthia
Lord, You honored me the moment she came into my life
I had no idea You were preparing her to be my wife.
She was so young and innocent, and beautiful in every way
We spent our days together, I prayed; ¡§just one more day.¡¨
I was so blessed that August day she became my bride
So gracefully she approached the altar to be at my side
I held her tight and whispered, ¡§Listen to what I say¡K
Loving you forever¡¦s not enough; I need just one more day.¡¨
In our youth we grew in our understanding of love
Through the laughter, the tears, and blessings from above
Our days full of light, the darkness seemed so far away
Yet I wouldn¡¦t sleep without praying, ¡§O¡¦ God, Just one more day.¡¨
Lord, just when I thought we couldn¡¦t possibly love more
You gave us Taylor and Jennifer to cherish and adore.
They filled our lives with such love in every way¡K
Then our girls became women, I cried, ¡§just one more day.¡¨
¡§They grow up so fast¡¨ was the advice we were told
I dismissed their counsel-we were young and they were old
Now I stare at your pictures knowing you¡¦re miles away
You have no idea what I would give for just one more day.
At first glance it seems so cruel, this cycle of life
I struggle with the aging process, seeing pain and strife
I¡¦m a stranger to my own dad as I hold him and pray,
¡¥Dear God, if we could just sit and visit, just...