Thursday, August 17, 2006

If Only I Knew

If only I Knew by Lance Wubbels is a book that tries to help us to appreciate the special people who are in our lives. It is about thinking about every moment we spend with others as sacred and as a gift. The book challenged me to think about the reality that we live in an uncertain world, a world where we may not have another chance to say a kind word or do a kind act for someone we love.

Wubbles writes in his introduction that as he was writing this book the fourteen year-old son of a friend of his left home on his yellow bicycle and was hit in a street crosswalk by a car. He writes, "The driver, a sixteen-year-old young man, was distracted and somehow never even saw Spencer until he hit the windshield. In that tragic moment a boy's life vanished like a mist, leaving behind a grieving mother who obviously loved him with all her heart."

The book, which is beautifully illustrated, is filled with many reminders and challenges to appreciate every moment we have with those we love. For example, he writes, "If only I knew ... this was our final kiss, I would use it to tell you that you are the love of my life."

And in another page he writes, "If only I knew ... I would never hear your voice again, I would cherish your every word ... every inflection of your voice ... with all my heart."

When I look at my boys, my wife, my family and my friends I am trying to keep these words "if only I knew ..." close to my heart so that I can treasure the time I have with these special people and make the most of it. I am so grateful to God that my little boys are alive and well and that Rachel and I can provide a safe, loving and humble home for them.

"What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes." - James 4:14 (NIV)

3 comments:

cheryl said...

Can you please tell me where I can order about 20 of those books? I want to get them for my daughters 3rd anniversary of her death to give to friends and family. I dont seem to be able to order from hallmark, amazon, ebay, etc. I need them very quickly and I hope you can help!!

Eddie said...

Hi Cheryl,

I believe that you can order them from Nancy's Hallmark. Just go to this link: www.nhallmark.com/contact.asp and call the number. They notified me that they can order 20 or more books and have them ready in about 10 days. Hope that you are able to get them.

Eddie

cheryl said...

Thank you so much. I will do just that.
My favorite page of the book is the one that says something to the effect of:

If Only I knew how devastating grief can be, I would have been there more for others. Until you go through it, one has no idea the depth of the pain. I will never consider just sending a card sufficent ever again.

Thanks for the info