This past week I asked several people to do an exercise with me. Perhaps you could take a moment to do the same now. Consider someone that you hold dear. Who is someone that is important to you, someone who you love? Now imagine that you find out that you only have one week left to live. What would you want to say to that person? What is the one thing you would like to leave with them?

I got a wide range of responses: “I love you,” “Thank you,” “Live with no regrets,” “Keep living life and enjoying it to the fullest,” etc. I asked this question while leading worship at Harmony River and one person said, “So long, it’s been good to know you.”

— The Rev. Hans Peterson is pastor at River of Hope Church in Hutchinson.