If I Should Die...

“If I should die before I wake . . .” prayed young Tommy. “If I should die before I wake . . . if I should die . . .”

“Go on, Tommy,” urged his mother, “you know the rest of the prayer.”

“I’ll be right back,” the youngster blurted. Scrambling to his feet, he ran into the next room. In just a short while he was back, and promptly dropped to his knees and rattled off the familiar bedtime prayer without a bobble.

Tucking little Tommy in bed, his mother issued a gentle rebuke for the interruption, insisting that he should think about what he was saying when he prayed and not let other concerns distract him.

“But, Momma, I was thinking about what I was saying,” said the boy defensively. “That’s why I had to stop. You see, I stood all of Ted’s wooden soldiers on their heads just to see how mad he’d be in the morning. If I should die before I wake, I wouldn’t want him to find them that way, so I had to go and fix them the right way.

“You’re right, dear,” said a proud mother, voice quivering. She thought of herself, and many other adults who should stop in the middle of their prayers and undo some wrong against another.

There are lots of things that may seem fun if you’re going to keep on living, but consider how you would want to leave things at the end of life’s few days.

Is everything all right in your life - if you should die before you wake?

“Ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.” (James 4:14)