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
Thank you, Annie!
Thank you, Jane. Thanks for refocusing our attention to what truly matters. God is in control and our life and times are in His hands. We are not of this world and we don’t have to panic like this world. We have today and we can live it boldly with love and not shrink in fear. May God’s peace be with you today.
You are welcome, Sandy. I appreciate your comment. May God’s peace and grace be with you, also, today and in the days ahead.
Thank you, Jane!
So enjoyed your poem today.
We have today, we are here “for such a time as this” ! Each day is a gift and God is with us!
He has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love and self- discipline.
Sending love and prayers to you and John
Thank you, Donna! The verse you quoted is certainly relevant. God has not given us a spirit of fear . . .
Love to you and Joe!
Thank you Jane
You are welcome, Diane. Thank you for reading.
Good thoughts, my friend. Let it be said of us, that we are more mindful of today, than before the virus threat. May our lives be lived totally unto God, Who is in control of it all. We can depend upon Him to manage our lives, so we accomplish in our “todays” more and more.
Thank you for sharing your thoughtful and wise comments, Jean. How encouraging that as we allow God to manage our lives that we can accomplish “more and more.”