TODAY”:… in the house of the Lord all the days of my life”
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‘Today while the blossoms still cling to the vine
I’ll taste your strawberries, I’ll drink your sweet wine
A million tomorrows shall all pass away, err I forget all the joys that are mine today I’ll be a dandy or I’ll be a rover, you know who I am by the song that I sing
I’ll feast at your table, I’ll bring something over,
who knows what tomorrow will bring….
This is a song I used to sing by the campfire when I was a summer camp counselor at Robin Hood Camp in Central Valley NY back in 1967,68 and 70. It was a time of my life, one of my earlierst jobs and one of my most fulfilling uses of my energy and time. It was my job to oversee and guide a group of 8 girls and plan with them daily activities outside of the programmed swimming, crafts, and camp fires. I was a nature counselor; so, I enjoyed walking the girls about, showing them the wonders of various trees and their leaves, various insects, snakes, and turtles, which we caught plenty of in “froggy pond.” We caught a good slew of frogs too. But we always let them go. I enjoyed being outdoors, being with all things present.
Yesterday, Vivi came back from the garden with a box of newly grown and freshly picked strawberries from a neighboring garden lady. They were so many and so juicy and sweet, not acidic or bitter. I usually can’t eat strawberries without an acidic eruption of psoriasis. But these were from heaven, the earth of Denmark. Sometimes it is so good to me here, that I do not believe I am real or here is real. But today, today, I feel made a part of it all, and the feeling calls that song to mind that I quoted above. Yes, I remember my past and treasure the good, bringing those memories to this moment for I could not recognize it’s naturally interwoven consequence today without that yesteday. Good follows good–all the days of my life. Here’s the Daily Word:
I live in the present moment.
Monday, June 16, 2014
Life takes on new meaning as I understand the power of the present moment, which is God’s eternal now.
All that has gone before has brought me to this moment. I realize the futility of past regrets and let them go. To live fully in the present, I must also realize that the future is only a concept and its mysteries cannot be known. My readiness for what lies ahead depends on what I make of today’s opportunities.
I put my energy and focus on making the most of what is before me right now. The present brings me new opportunities to serve, love, forgive, understand, and grow. I am inspired to think in new ways and step out in new directions.
This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.—Psalm 118:24