We can get very wrapped up in thinking about the future. This is a big danger for families who are planning a wedding. They can get so wrapped up thinking about one future day, planning it to the nth degree, imagining it in detail; that the present becomes less important. How people are treating each other in the present moment, somehow takes a back seat to creating this perfect work of art, the wedding day.
We can get very wrapped up in thinking about the past. This is a big danger for families that have gone through a crisis, where they may not have treated each other very well. We can get so wrapped in thinking about that one horrible day, and replaying the hateful words that were said, or the painful actions, that the present becomes less important. How people are treating each other in the present moment somehow takes a back seat to reliving this family crisis, over and over again.
The present is a present, each and every day. A gift. What will we do with today. Tomorrow may not happen. The past is over, those choices were made. Now we have today to spend. How will we spend it? Where is God in the picture? How do we tune ourselves to a present-day God?
Today’s prayer: Thank you for the gift of the present. Thank you for the breath that comes in and goes out. Help me listen for your presence in the hear and now.