Daily Prompts have returned to The Daily Post, and today’s prompt is:
Write about the most precious thing you’ve ever lost.
Time is the most precious thing I’ve ever lost.
I’m not referring to wasted time, although the time I’ve wasted is certainly precious too, and it’s gone forever.
“Lost wealth may be replaced by industry, lost knowledge by study, lost health by temperance or medicine, but lost time is gone forever.” Samuel Smiles
I’m referring to the precious loss of time with people I’ve loved who have passed on.
I lost precious years of time with my Mom, whose life ended as a young woman, after battling a deadly illness.
Time we could have spent together as I grew up.
Time I could have spent with her as an adult.
Time we could have spent together making many more memories than the few I have of her.
I lost precious years of time with my grandson, whose life spanned only a few weeks before it ended tragically.
Time I could have spent watching him grow up.
Time I could have spent watching him follow his dreams as a young man.
Time we could have spent together making many more memories than the few I have of him.
I lost precious years of time with my younger brother, whose life ended after a painful struggle with a terminal illness.
Time I could have spent watching him follow his dreams, going to his wedding, and holding his babies.
Time I could have spent encouraging him in his ministry, having family gatherings, and teasing each other about getting old.
Time we could have spent together making many more memories than I have of him.
As hard as it is to accept the loss of precious time with my Mom, grandson, and brother, I know the time was never mine to have with them in this life.
“To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven: A time to be born, And a time to die;” Ecclesiastes 3:1-2a
We have no guarantee of time, and that makes all time precious because we never know when it will be up.
“Like as the waves make towards the pebbled shore,
So do our minutes hasten to their end.” William Shakespeare
I still miss my family and think of them often, but I hold on to the hope of seeing them again, when our time together will be eternal.
“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me (Jesus) has everlasting life.” John 6:47 Parenthesis mine
“And this is the promise that He has promised us—eternal life.”
1 John 2:25
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
Time goes by quickly. Yesterday is gone, tomorrow may not come.
Time is precious.
“You may delay, but time will not, and lost time is never found again.” Benjamin Franklin
“Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.” Carl Sandburg
“Lost, yesterday, somewhere between sunrise and sunset, two golden hours, each set with sixty diamond minutes. No reward is offered for they are gone forever.” Horace Mann
“Never leave that till to-morrow which you can do to-day.” Benjamin Franklin