Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. And even now I know that whatever you ask from God, God will give you.”… Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in me, though he die, yet shall live, and whoever lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” —John 11:21–22, 25–26
If you had cleaned your room like I asked.
If you had not left your shoes on the stairs.
If you had studied.
If you had remembered to lock the door.
If you had been home when you promised.
If you had only told me the truth.
If she had looked before she pulled out.
If she had used her turn signal.
If I hadn’t had that last beer.
If he had seen a doctor sooner.
If he had told me he was sick.
If I had asked.
If I had stopped by.
If I had told him I loved him.
What price second chances? What price
a clean slate?