Almighty Father, help me to understand that you are the salvation of my past, present and future. Let me experience you in this present moment and see your hand in my past and future that I might have courage for today and know the source of my strength.
He said to the crowd: “When you see a cloud rising in the west, immediately you say, ‘It’s going to rain,’ and it does. And when the south wind blows, you say, ‘It’s going to be hot,’ and it is. Hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky. How is it that you don’t know how to interpret this present time?
“Present is living with your feet firmly grounded in reality, pale and uncertain as it may seem. Present is choosing to believe that your own life is worth investing deeply in, instead of waiting for some rare miracle or fairytale. Present means we understand that the here and now is sacred, sacramental, threaded through with divinity even in its plainness. Especially in its plainness.” Shauna Niequist, Present Over Perfect
Lord, help us to remember that the present moment is Your gift to us, as messy or imperfect as it may feel. When we become entangled in worries about the past, or anxiety about the future, we’re missing the joy, moments, lessons, and opportunities that you’ve uniquely orchestrated for us. The beauty of your masterpiece is delicately interwoven into our present. Nudge us to be where we are, rooted in the knowledge that THIS moment is where our time, energies, and talents should focus.
May you experience God’s presence so strongly today that it will empower you to face whatever may come your way.