If Tomorrow Starts Without Me
When tomorrow starts without me
And I’m not there to see,
If the sun should rise and find your eyes
All filled with tears for me,
I wish so much you wouldn’t cry
The way you did today,
While thinking of the many things
We didn’t get to say.
I know how much you loved me
As much as I loved you,
And each time that you think of me
I know you’ll miss me too.
But when tomorrow starts without me
Please try to understand,
That an angel came and called my name
And took me by the hand.
And said my place was ready
In heaven far above,
And that I’d have to leave behind
All those I dearly love.
But as I turned to walk away
A tear fell from my eye,
For all my life I’d always thought
I wouldn’t want to die.
I had so much to live for
So much left — yet to do,
It seemed almost impossible
That I was leaving you.
I thought of all the yesterdays
The good ones and the bad,
I thought of all the love we shared
And all the fun we had.
If I could relive yesterday
Just even for a while,
I’d say good-bye and kiss you
And maybe see you smile.
But then I fully realized
That this could never be,
For emptiness and memories
Would take the place of me.
And when I thought of worldly things
I might miss come tomorrow,
I thought of you, and when I did
My heart was filled with sorrow.
But then I walked through heaven’s gates!
I felt so much at home,
When God looked down and smiled at me
From his great golden throne.
He said, “This is eternity
And all I’ve promised you,
Today your life on earth is past
But here life starts anew.”
“I promise no tomorrow
But today will always last,
And since each day’s the same way
There’s no longing for the past.”
“You have been so faithful
So trusting and so true,
Though there were times you did some things
You knew you shouldn’t do.”
“But you have been forgiven
And now at last you’re free,
So won’t you come and take my hand
And share my life with me.”
So when tomorrow starts without me
Don’t think we’re far apart,
For every time you think of me,
I’m right there in your heart.