Embrace the day. Embrace today.
Embrace today and each day God has given.
I don’t always embrace today. Sometimes I forget. Sometimes I don’t feel like it. Sometimes I feel attacked by today. Or overwhelmed.
I forget how swiftly today is gone. I gaze ahead at where I think the grass is greener.
I find myself flipping through old photos and thinking back to sweet memories and times. Some days I’m glad are past, some days I miss. I miss the chubby little cheeks of toddlers and the cuddling and the funny things they would say, in all their chatter. How days and years can be so long and so swift at all the same time is such a mystery to me. I scold myself, because I don’t feel like I’ve learned from it. All too soon I will look back and miss moments in the days we’re living now. I’ll miss the children clattering down the stairs and starting the day. I’ll miss the pile of schoolbooks waiting for me to grade. I’ll miss the sound of audiobooks drifting down from children’s rooms. I’ll miss the tangle of boots and shoes piled at the doorway.
I’ll miss the whirlwind, Lego-building, talking/asking questions, ten-year old. I’ll miss the girl playing with her puppy, writing in her journal, working over puzzles and singing. I’ll miss the friendly “Hey Mom” and “I love you, Mom” that they often throw my way as they go in and out and about the things they’re doing.
Why do I forget that today’s the day?
I truly believe that my man and I are living some of the best years of our lives, right now. Somehow, amidst the have-to things, the work that needs done, the ends that need met, and the duties demanding attention, the embracing of today can be forgotten.
Life passes by quickly. It is a vapor.
We attended the funeral of a neighbor recently. He and his wife had been married for over sixty years. My sister commented to me, “It seems like his widow must feel like, How can we be from newlyweds to this point already?” I agreed so much with her. Sixty years together. Good-byes do not come easily.
My sister wrote this post last week and it brought tears spilling down my cheeks as I read it. Sweet memories. I could picture each thing she spoke of that belonged to our Grandmother and I could see the house in the woods and Grandma waving at the window. Memories, times, and events formed a nostalgic parade as I read her words.
These moments impress upon me to embrace today.
I really want to and I confess, I do not know how it is fully done. These verses from Matthew remind me. Worry less. Trust more. Love fully. Forgive quickly. Smile often. Proffer Kindness.
Enjoy today. Embrace it.
Matthew 6:25-27, 34
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.