When did this happen? When did we get to "just a few more days"? When did time begin to pass again? Slow down ... SLOW down! Please, I'll do anything. I'll BE anything. I'll do more, I'll help more, I'll pray more if only You will slow this time down.
And I don't know how it got here. Last week seems so far away - everything we did. Every excited moment, every happy smile, every special gift seems so far away. A lifetime away. Just one week ago is a lifetime away.
Suddenly we are moving too fast, suddenly we are clinging onto these moments, gripping, trying to hold them back. Trying to keep them from moving forward. Trying to hold onto the tiniest seconds. Because I only get to wake up next to him for a few more days. Because I only get to hear him talk our children to sleep for a few more days. Because I only get to see Eli walk to him for a few more days. Because I only get to hear Logan say, "Come on, Daddy" for a few more days. Because I only get to know he is safe for a few more days. Because I only get to "know" things for a few more days.
Days that will turn into hours. Hours that will turn into minutes. Minutes that will turn into seconds. Seconds that will turn into instants. Instants that will turn into nothing.
Just a few more days.
Father Time, I'll do anything.
Just slow it down.
"A soldier doesn't fight because he hates what is in front of him. A soldier fights because he loves what he left behind." - unknown
"God is our refuge and strength. He will protect us and make us strong" (ps 46:1). For those who will fly today, for those who are there now, and for those who will soon join the fight, Lord, shield them from all evil, strengthen their hearts, and bring them home safely.