Have I told you lately that I love you?


As a pastor I have lived through this vicariously with many men, women, and children time and time again.

Come go with me for just a minute.

Today my wife died, it was a clear, cold Indiana morning on the outside, warm and unusually comfy on the inside. As I stand in the bedroom we shared for so many decades, I am struck with the pain that for sometime, as we knew it, is no more.

Where did all the tomorrows go?

Can it be?

No more hugs, no more kisses, no more birthdays, or anniversaries to celebrate together, no more phone calls just to chat, no more special moments about this or that. Sometimes, what we care about the most, and take for granted all through life, gets all used up and there is no more time. She’s not coming back, so that I can say, “How much I loved you.” I didn’t, and I wonder why?

This very thing happened to this pastor and his dad one day.

If you will let me I can help you along the way. Stop right now with this sobering thought!

Today I read in the paper …and it’s all about them, but today is tomorrow and I am in them.

You are blessed with what you have.

Thank God for it all and love while you can.

Fix what is broken and heal what is sick.

This is true for all the people and things in your life. I love my pets so include the cats and dogs with bad hips. Your past sits there in the form of an aging mom or dad, no its grandpa and grandma. I was blessed with what I had.

Praise the Lord for those who are still around.

Sooner or later we discover this is what life is all about. Some things are to be treasured for soon they are not around. Be you man or woman we share this common ground.

Remember life is important and we are not promised another day. Maybe you need to put this paper down for a moment and remember what in life makes you so contented. Your wife, husband, kids, grandkids, or maybe a best friend.

DO TODAY WHAT YOU MAY NOT HAVE A CHANCE TO DO TOMORROW. Don’t fill your mind with, “what could have been.” Do it now, and peace will replace the sorrow.


Greg Patten has been the pastor at Skyline Community Church, 5300 Winchester Road, Waynedale, for 18 years. Before Skyline he had an extensive background in radio and television. He was a TV news anchor and at 19 years of age was the youngest daily reporter in Fort Wayne on WPTA.

Patten Productions produces 6 radio programs, and is currently in negotiations for national syndication for two of those programs. Some of Pastor Patten’s productions have been featured on “Unshackled,” a 30-minute spot that tells the story of unchanged lives. It is the longest running radio drama heard around the world every day.

Skyline Community Church is a non-denominational church, known as “The church for everyday people.” Their goal is to present the Gospel and show people how to live life to the fullest.

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