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Being Present

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“I lift up my eyes to the hills—from where will my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth…The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time on and forevermore.” –Psalm 121:1-2, 8

In the midst of all that goes on in our own lives and in the world on a daily basis, it is easy to get distracted and can be difficult to stay focused on the present moment. We so often dwell on the past or look anxiously toward what the future may bring.

I read a bit of wisdom recently from the late poet, Maya Angelou that offers a sound and humbling perspective. She wrote, “If you must look back, do so forgivingly. If you must look forward, do so prayerfully. However, the wisest thing you can do is be present in the present…gratefully.”

Being forgiving of the past, prayerful for the future and grateful for the present are all ways we can stay focused on the joy of the Easter promise that God is with us and is offering new life ‘from this time on and forevermore.’

As we continue in these days of Easter, may we gratefully be present to life around us.