When You’re Not Here

The light bulbs burn out;
The trash can overflows;
The dog refuses to eat for me,
And the grass grows faster…
…when you’re not here.

The kids test the limits;
They beg for extra stories and hugs and kisses;
They set an extra place for you at the dinner table;
They pray for you at bedtime…
…when you’re not here.

My days and nights run together.
The bed is so empty and cold–
I put an extra pillow on your side for company,
I even miss your “gentle” snore…
…when you’re not here.

The usually happy house sounds sound lonely and even creepy;
I keep extra lights on for you;
The dog stands guard until you arrive–
I even sit and pray with him!
…when you’re not here.

I don’t think about the things you do for us,
I think about who you are to me.
We all try harder to do our best–
To make you proud of us.
You are always on my mind and in my prayers;
You are in every breath and sigh as I wait…
…when you’re not here.

But, now you are here, and I thank our God and Father for all that you are and all that He is making you to be. I love you.


About Jen

Welcome, friend. I'm so glad you are here. Join our family as we go and see all that God has for us in this season, trusting and believing in His goodness, His faithfulness, and His great love for us all. View all posts by Jen

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