I don’t know how it is with you, but for me it has been a challenge to stay in the moment. Along with the RAT folx, I’ve been actively planning Lent, which means I keep forgetting that it is Epiphany. We are still in a season of knowing and not yet in a season of seeking and introspection.
Of course, it’s also January. And even with the warmer weather in Minnesota, it is hard not to anticipate the coming of spring and brighter days. Throw in the events of the world – near and far – and it’s even more of a challenge not to think (or worry) ahead to November.
There’s always things happening to draw our attention away from the here and now. The funny thing is that if we are always focusing on what is coming (or what has already gone), we can miss the beauty and wonder of today.
In other words, we may have encountered God yesterday and we may encounter God tomorrow. Yet, if we are not paying attention to today, we are likely to miss God’s presence in this moment.
When I find myself distracted from today, either by longing for days to come or dwelling on days gone by, I truly turn toward gratitude to refocus my thoughts and my spirit. There is almost always something to be grateful for that can anchor us in the present.
Today, while disappointed by the gray weather, I am grateful for Living Table and the joy that this community brings into the world. I am repeatedly amazed by the ways in which Living Table cares for one another, and the community around us. The generosity of spirit I have witnessed over my years here has been a gift that reminds me God is still present and active in the world.
How is it with your spirit these days? Can gratitude help refocus you on what is good and beautiful and filled with wonder? Please share your gratitude or whatever it is that lifts your spirit so that we can experience joy together.
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