If I Knew


In memory of all those who perished this morning; the passengers and the pilots on the United Air and 
AA flights, the workers in the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, and all the innocent bystanders. 
Our prayers go out to the friends and families of the deceased. 

If I knew it would be the last time 
That I'd see you fall asleep, 
I would tuck you in more tightly 
and pray the Lord, your soul to keep. 
                                                                                                      
If I knew it would be the last time 
that I see you walk out the door, 
I would give you a hug and kiss 
and call you back for one more. 
                                                                                                        
If I knew it would be the last time 
I'd hear your voice lifted up in praise, 
I would video tape each action and word, 
so I could play them back day after day. 
                                                                                                         
If I knew it would be the last time, 
I could spare an extra minute 
to stop and say "I love you," 
instead of assuming you would KNOW I do. 
                                                                                                         
If I knew it would be the last time 
I would be there to share your day, 
Well I'm sure you'll have so many more, 
so I can let just this one slip away. 
                                                                                                         
For surely there's always tomorrow 
to make up for an oversight, 
and we always get a second chance 
to make everything just right. 
                                                                                                          
There will always be another day 
to say "I love you," 
And certainly there's another chance 
to say our "Anything I can do?" 
                                                                                                           
But just in case I might be wrong, 
and today is all I get, 
I'd like to say how much I love you 
and I hope we never forget. 
                                                                                                           
Tomorrow is not promised to anyone, 
young or old alike, 
And today may be the last chance 
you get to hold your loved one tight. 
                                                                                                           
So if you're waiting for tomorrow, 
why not do it today? 
For if tomorrow never comes, 
you'll surely regret the day, 
                                                                                                           
That you didn't take that extra time 
for a smile, a hug, or a kiss 
and you were too busy to grant someone, 
what turned out to be their one last wish. 
                                                                                                           
So hold your loved ones close today, 
and whisper in their ear, 
Tell them how much you love them 
and that you'll always hold them dear 
                                                                                                           
Take time to say "I'm sorry," 
"Please forgive me," "Thank you," or "It's okay." 
And if tomorrow never comes, 
you'll have no regrets about today.