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Last Breath

Christian Poem About Facing Eternity

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"Last Breath" is a Christian poem submitted by an About.com member. It's written to make you stop and think about your eternal fate, asking the question, "What would you do if you knew your next breath was your last?" Do you have an original Christian prayer that would encourage or benefit a fellow believer? Perhaps you've written a unique poem you'd like to share with others. We are looking for Christian prayers and poems to encourage our readers in their communication with God. To submit your original prayer or poem now, please fill out this Submission Form.

Last Breath

What would you do if you knew
Your next breath was your last?
There wouldn't be time for playing games,
For time would be slipping by fast.

What would be your thoughts
As that final moment comes?
Would you wonder and guess
What you should, or shouldn't have done?

If you had the foreknowledge,
And were given one breath,
What if you knew
You were so near your own death?

You couldn't make plans
For any lengthy vacations;
There wouldn't be time
To make charitable donations.

What was done in your life
Would just have to stand,
Whether done for vain glory,
Or humanly grand.

What about your relations
With family and friends?
Are things in right order
For the time your life ends?

Did you have plans for the future,
To do this, or do that?
There isn't time now
With preparing to pack.

When your last breath is next
There just won't be time,
You can't waste a moment,
Each thought must be prime.

God gave you this life,
And He can take it away.
If you knew your last breath,
Would you cry, "Please let me stay!"?

That day will come
At a time you know not.
So, why not get ready
Before it's forgot?

Know you're a sinner;
That's a good place to start.
Ask the Lord Jesus
Into your heart.

Believe on God's Son
With all that you have.
Turn from your sin
And you will be glad.

Then, when the time comes
To take that last breath,
You won't be left hopeless,
At the moment of death.

Now is the time
For you to get ready.
When that last breath does come,
You won't be forgetting.

Settle once and for all
Where your future will be.
Eternal life with Jesus
Is what I want to see.

It's a simple confession
That you have to make.
Be honest with God,
That's all that it takes.

When that last breath's at hand,
And there's just no more time.
You'll hear God tell Satan:
"You can't have him--he's mine."

So, consider salvation
Through Jesus who died.
Paying the price
For your sins and for mine.

When that last breath is taken
Through faith you will know,
To heaven with Jesus
Is the place you will go.

Amen.

--Submitted by About.com member, Larry Morrow

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