Ah, I remember living in that shell
For all those long years that seem like nothing now.
And so they are nothing,
From where I now live,
But even so, they felt like something at the time,
And I tried to make use of that something as best I could.
Yes, my life and I were both far from perfect,
And many times I tried to take it in the wrong direction.
I remember days, months, and years that I wasted,
That I gave to the service of sin and complacency.
Yet I also remember second chances—
And third, and fourth, and quite a few more—
And often found myself thankful for His sacrifice
That enabled forgiveness and redemption.
And so I lived my life, sometimes ashamed of my imperfections,
But knowing that mere faith and effort were enough.
This is how a sinful, arrogant fool like myself
Ended up with a loving, wonderful family,
An overall happy and prosperous life,
And an undeserved gift that is beyond all measure.
So having left my regrets and shame far, far below on earth,
I now have lived here for thousands of years,
And will continue to live, abundantly so, for many more years to come.
Here and now, in eternal fellowship, joy, and communion,
I truly do rest in peace.