What Others Are Saying:

Steve Case, through his emersion into the story, reminds us that the presence of the divine surrounds us continually and he teaches us how to tap into that presence.

 - Mary Beth Howe, Author:A Baptist Among Jews

Monday
Aug052013

This Day

This quite moment it is raining.

I do love rain.

It is five-thirty in the morning.  Sunday morning.  I haven’t had to force myself out of bed early on a Sunday for awhile.

A lot has happened this past week.  Seemed kind of strange to write about food, or Dr. who or coffee, or a lot of the other things I usually write about. 

Rain sounds a bit like eggs frying.

Its difficult to “begin this day by rejoicing” as the scriptures say.

Sometimes we are lucky if we can begin this day by not kicking someone in the shin.

Let us begin this day by being awake.  I’ll take that.

Now there is thunder to go along with the rain.

I have warm blankets to cover me when I sleep.

I have a soft pillow. 

I have a wonderful wife who holds me in her arms.

and yes, I do have coffee.

I have a home.

I have friends who treat me well.

I will enjoy this moment.

Now this one.

Now this one.

I will appreciate this life.

I would turn on The Who right now (loudly) if I didn’t think it would wake the wife mentioned a few lines above.

Perhaps when I get in the car and drive in this rain God has given me this morning I will also be given some cool tunes to drive with.

There is such potential in this moment.  I have air in my lungs.  I have breakfast cereal in my cupboard. I have fresh bananas.  I mean, really.  What more do I need?

Maybe the idea of beginning the day by rejoicing is beginning the day by appreciating.

If we start with air in our lungs it can only go up from there.

Air in my lungs! YES! 

Breakfast! BONUS!

The rest is going to be up to me.  I can work with this.

My day is my recipe.  I can screw it up or I can pay attention.

I can leave out ingredients or I can sneak in some extra chocolate chips.

It is my day.

You can do what you want with yours.

You can cherish those around you or you can sulk.

You can make the most of it or you and p*** it away like it was nothing.

You can scream at the rain or you can turn the radio up.

It is your day.

Yours.

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