Linger long, my friends, in the present moment. Don’t miss out on the blessings of a hug, a kiss or even a simple conversation. This life is too short – our breath too fleeting – to miss the grace and beauty of our now. Don’t worry about tomorrow’s plans. They only distract you from the gift of today.
Tomorrow is not here nor is it promised.
Inhale today…yes, even when it is hard to breathe…like yesterday when the heaviness was so thick and palpable. Death and pain wielded their striking blows…2 killed in a motorcycle accident; 13 dead at the Navy Yard; 1 helicopter landing in the parking lot for yet another accident. No answers to why but truth be told – the whys really don’t matter. It doesn’t change what has become the “new” now.
This – our “new” present – may have begun with tears but while we still breathe this earthly air we can’t miss the grace and truth that remains in our agony.
The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Deuteronomy 31:8
When anger for answers seeks to steal your breath – fight all the harder to inhale the Truth that He was here even before you were and He is here with you now.
When loneliness creeps in to steal your joy – praise all the louder that He will never leave you or forsake
When fear tries to paralyze you – move ahead in the strength only He can give.
Father God, move the heavens for those who are hurting. Shine your grace, your love and your comfort on the hearts of those who have lost so much – move back the darkness of the enemy that seeks cover this world in its grip. Oh God, our hearts grieve with those who will never have another moment to hold that one who went to work and never came home. Rise up people in their lives who will speak your Truth – bring your comfort into this situation. Overwhelm them with your love. May they find the strength to praise you in the midst of their pain. May they hunger for your presence and seek you with their whole being. Thank you Lord… that even when we cannot feel you or see you – Your Presence remains…faithful forever. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen.