I have taken quite for granted that I would have the time
To embrace all my tomorrows, when, truly, they aren't mine.
I haven't any promise from God, in all His grace,
That I am due a future, not on Earth, in any case.
The days that I've been given, up to now, this very day,
Are intended to be cherished, and not just passed away.
If I am to be faithful to The One who calls me His,
I plan to make some changes: to live, not just exist.
And so, to each of you out there, "hearing" my heart's wish,
I hope that you will value a meaningful life lived.
Let this not be a heavy day; let guilt not weigh your heart;
Just reach into your soul and find the path on which to start.
It's marked with love and kindness, with a sharing of your lives;
And a life that's filled with real love is a blessing in God's eyes.
~ Angela M. Varela
Sept. 14, 2008