living where you are.

As I wake up today after a good family Thanksgiving, I am grateful for where I am today. I am not where I thought I would be, but I must be grateful for the abundance that is provided for me. Yesterday before our meal I shared the prayer below with my family, I think that it is a good reminder to remember that God wishes us to live where we are now, not where we have been or where we are going. Tough, but true.

I was regretting the past

and fearing the future.

Suddenly God was speaking.

“My name is ‘I am.'” I waited.

God continued,

“When you live in the past,

with its mistakes and regrets,

it is hard. I am not there.

My name is not ‘I was.’

When you live in the future,

with its problems and fears, it is hard.

I am not there.

My name is not ‘I will be.’

When you live in this moment,

it is not hard. I am here.

My name is ‘I am.'”

— St. Benedict’s Monastary, Snowmass, Colorado

As we enter the hubbub of the holiday season, may you be blessed and grateful. Peace.

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