Hold Your Loved Ones Tighter

Remember the time that tiny fingers clutched around your own

And when brand new eyelids fluttered open, through them heaven shone

As you heard the rhythmic breathing, matching the rising and falling chest

Of a brand new human being that left you feeling very blessed

 

And you watched that baby grow, and you wanted to hold on

To the memories that were passing by and would too soon be gone

But no amount of growing up would ever change your love

For that little child of yours; Your precious gift sent down from above

 

So hold your loved ones tighter

Let them know how loved they are

Let them know you know the future

Isn’t really all that far

And never let a day go by

Where they question what they’re worth

Because you know without a doubt they are

A gift from God to you on earth

 

Remember the time when you stood by your friend’s side and watched her hand in hand

With the love of her life, reciting vows of all that they had planned

And as your friend stood adorned in a gown of white and lace

You could not contain the tears of joy that trickled down your face

 

And the wedding only lasted one day, but not the marriage or “I do”

And for the rest of your life you watch your friends as they follow through

On not perfect love, but great love; the promise of a life

Spent together, for better or worse, as husband and as wife

 

So hold you loved ones tighter

Let them know how loved they are

Let them know you know the future

Isn’t really all that far

And love may not be easy

But it’s never without worth

And having someone to do life with

Is a blessing here on earth

 

Remember the time you all huddled around a hospital bed

Feeling hopeless, and sad, and weighted down by things still left unsaid

And you clung to one another as your loved one then let go

As the machines continued beeping but the breathing began to slow

 

And you mourned for your loved as you tried to understand

Why life doesn’t always work out the way that you have planned

And you tried to make sense of what was happening that night

And it didn’t make it better, but you stayed focused on the light

 

So hold your loved ones tighter

Let them know how loved they are

Let them know you know the future

Isn’t really all that far

And right now there may be pain

But I promise it has worth

That those you love enrich your life

While they’re here on this earth

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