Wednesday, December 29, 2010

You Have Today

He is missed.  A child who barely had time to experience the gift of life is remembered this week.  It is well worth knowing that in a short amount of time, he showed us the sacredness of everyday life . . . to be intentional with the way we live . . . and to take in all that God has for us in the day.  Each day he lived not only mattered but was celebrated by those of us who knew him. It is difficult to understand how one child can change the course of life, but he did. 

At the time, it seemed unreasonable to think that he would die and not experience growing up.  In the midst of his suffering, Psalm 46:4 became more tangible and real: “There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the Most High” (Psalm 46: 4, Amplified).  
The presence of the Spirit of God is the River . . . in heaven and on earth . . . that penetrates the power of sorrow and loss . . . revealing that life is a daily sacred gift . . . and meant to be celebrated regardless of the number of days we have to live.

Let’s be honest, too often we take the day for granted, hoping for life to be something more.  And, we miss the gift of the day.  In his song, Beautiful Boy, John Lennon wrote “Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.”   Look back on your life and you will understand the profound truth of Lennon’s words.  
One child showed me that what happens today, including the minute and mundane details, is the gift of the life I have today. 
You have today.
Celebrate today . . . and the River that runs through it . . . whose streams make glad the city of God. 
Be glad for all that you receive.
Learning to KickStart the day celebrating,

(written by Kerrie L. Palmer © 2010 All Rights Reserved)