In the last few weeks, uncertainty about the coronavirus has caused me to consider the brevity of life. I’ve not been panicking but thinking a bit more seriously about what choices I am making to stay healthy and embrace life. How do I, as a senior citizen, respond to this threat? How does my faith in God affect this scenario?
Do I travel or not? What kind of precautions do I need to take? What does wisdom look like in this situation? What does it mean, in this situation, to live as Jesus said, loving God, loving myself, and loving others?
How do I live in the moment called “today”?
Yesterday has vanished Tomorrow’s not appeared The only thing I’m sure about Is the moment I call “today". It’s early in the morning The sun has not yet risen As I slowly waken I give thanks to God in heaven For the fact that I can breathe My mind is still alert I can stretch my arms and legs All my joints still work I think about my family I think about my friends I pray that God will bless them With health and success I think about my neighbors My nation and the world I pray that leaders everywhere Will seek wisdom from above The wisdom that is peaceable The wisdom that is just It is God’s will, I believe, That hostility would cease As I wash my eyes and face I give thanks for warm water And think about the project I’m making for my daughter How blessed I feel as I recall Memories of past years I pray my daughter will find joy By what she sees and hears I know I have a tendency To do things in a hurry That’s when I get caught up In frustration and worry So I will take my time, today, Not give in to my desire To speedily compose a “song” In fear that I’ll expire! Age is not determined just By chronological years It’s related to the relationship We have with our Creator We are more than chemicals Influenced by genetics There is a spirit part of us Which can’t be detected or measured By CAT scans or standardized tests It’s invisible but strongly affects The way we think, the way we act, The way we feel, whether we heal Or whether we cave in To the opponents of life Whether they’re viruses Or vices; we all make choices To love or to fear, To embrace or retreat, To save others or just ourselves; By these choices we live or we die. Yesterday has vanished Tomorrow’s not appeared What choices will I make In the moment that is HERE? Jane Ault 3/6/2020