Some folks build a bucket list
With fancy places to go
An ascent on the highest mountain
Or a trek to the Changtang Plateau
Me? I’m a little more practical
When it comes to making my list
I don’t have to travel or spend too much
To check off what I don’t want to miss
I really should sort through my fabric
And divide up my rhubarb this season
There’s a lonely stack of half-finished books
“No time” is always my reason
I’d rather not leave without finishing
My bottle of favorite perfume,
And I’d like to become a mother-in-law
And a grandma, before I’m entombed
I could add a few lines to my list here
Like ceasing to bite my nails
Or making my casket far lighter
By decreasing the pounds on my scale
But there are some things more important
To accomplish before my end
Like scheduling those casual “let’s do lunches”
And meeting up with long ago friends
Au revoir! should be said with a smile
Our imperfect marriage at peace
My thank yous expressed and my family blessed
Before Jesus grants me release.
And with your final heartbeat, kiss the world goodbye
Then go in peace, and laugh on Glory’s side
And fly to Jesus, fly to Jesus, fly to Jesus and live.
~ Chris Rice
“Lord, make me to know my end
And what is the extent of my days;
Let me know how transient I am.
For if we live, we live for the Lord, or if we die, we die for the Lord; therefore whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s.
So teach us to number our days,
That we may present to You a heart of wisdom.