I wrote the following poem on June 13th. I don’t usually write poetry, so it was surprising to me when the words came to me that day. Little did I know, four months later, my father-in-law would be in ICU with a cancer diagnosis fighting for his life.
I’d forgotten I’d written the poem, but today as I was enjoying the serenity of the beautiful sky and sunshine, I remembered it. While our soul lives on forever, I’m reminded our time on Earth is limited. Our life is really not our own. Our family members don’t actually belong to us. Who we are and those we have in our lives are loaned to us.
Loaned by God to us.
Nothing is permanent here on Earth. It’s crucial to remember that.
Remember to be present.
Remember to be thankful.
Remember to love.
Whenever you begin to judge
your achievements as right or wrong,
Remember your life truly
to you does not belong.
Live to the fullest,
give it your all,
love with all your might.
But remember that each day
is a precious gift
and not a right.
Don’t get so caught up in
Remember life is but
and then washes away like the rain.
It matters how you spend your dash-
But never, ever, ever forget…
none of it actually belongs
It’s just on loan from your Creator
for your time here on the Earth.
And when it is due to be paid in full,
your life loan will be up.
What will matter then is not the stuff or possessions you have attained.
What will matter then is if your spirit
knew the Heavenly Father’s name.
Did you ever realize all the people
in your life were on loan to you as well?
You never really owned them,
but did you love them well?
Did you love them with the Father’s love,
that He poured out to you?
Or did you command,
work, and rule them
like an owner is known to do?
Did you never, ever realize
before it was too late,
that you took them all for granted
like the food upon your plate?
More precious than material things
are the souls loaned to our care.
But when our kind master returns
or calls us home,
what will He see here?
Will He see we treasured others
and took care of them for Him?
Or will He see we never understood
that they all belonged to Him?
Will He take away all He had loaned
and say “You were so unwise.”
Or will He look at us and say
“Thank you for lovingly caring for my prize.”
God’s children and creation
are the prize we have been loaned.
My prayer is that
we always see
none of it have we ever owned.