No Need to Call Ahead


Psalm 139:16
New Living Translation (NLT)

16 You saw me before I was born.
Every day of my life was recorded in your book.
Every moment was laid out
before a single day had passed.

The Reservation

I arrived at the desk
Where a smiling face appeared
And announced to the clerk
“Well, I’m here!”

“And so you are,” he replied
As he came over without delay
Then he shook my hand and asked
“And how might I help you today?”

“Well, I need a place to stay”
“And I heard this is the best”
“So I’d like to get checked in”
“Then I hope to get some rest”

“Why, yes! We’re glad you’re here”
“And we’ll start your relaxation”
“Just as soon as we confirm”
“That you have a reservation?”

“You mean I needed to call ahead?”
“And tell you when I would arrive?”
“That surprises me a bit”
“How would I know how long I would survive?”

“Oh, no! You need not call ahead”
“We’ll just look you up in our records”
“And as long as you appear in them”
“You’ll get your unjust rewards”

Well, he poked around in a little book
Then made a sound much like a sigh
It worried me a bit until he shrieked
“Hallelujah! You’re one of His guys!”

Well, they took me through the pearly gates
To a mansion all my own
It had everything I’d ever need
And I’d never be alone

So don’t even try to call ahead
They’re tracking all your information
But be sure your name’s in the Book of Life
So you’ll need no reservation

©2018 by William Pierce



Thank You for loving each of us, for set forth our lives before us, and for walking every step with us.

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8 thoughts on “No Need to Call Ahead

  1. A very intriguing piece, and I like to reflect on Elliott’s commentary for English Readers giving this translation from the Hebrew Passage Psalm 139:16 the slight alteration of recorded to being formed, suggesting an active living book in the act of creation perhaps written as the days are being formed
    “Thine eyes beheld my embryo,

    And in thy book were written

    All the days, the days

    Which were being formed,

    When as yet there were none of them.”

    Wouldn’t it be delightful to actually study Hebrew?

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    • I tried studying Hebrew once in an online course. It proved to be too challenging for an ol’ southern boy, but you are correct. It would be delightful indeed. Maybe one day in heaven? Thanks for the intriguing comment.


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