Yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life?
For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.
James 4:14 ESV

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

10 Responses

  1. 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.

    1. You are welcome, Sandy. I appreciate your comment. May God’s peace and grace be with you, also, today and in the days ahead.

  2. 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

    1. Thank you, Donna! The verse you quoted is certainly relevant. God has not given us a spirit of fear . . .
      Love to you and Joe!

  3. 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.

    1. 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.”

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