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I’ll Go Before You Miss Me

For 36 years Jeno and his wife delighted in one another. But one day Jeno suffered a stroke. For weeks he lay in the hospital, slipping in and out of a coma. Day and night his wife sat at his side. One evening, she put her head on his hand and fell asleep.

Jeno awoke during the night and seeing his wife, picked up an envelope and pencil and scribbled these words: “Softly, I will leave you, for my heart would break if you should wake and see me go. So I leave you. Long before you miss me. Long before your arms can beg me stay for one more hour, one more day. After all of the years, I can’t stand the tears to fall, so I leave you softly.”

Today in the Word, February, 1991, p. 32