Here and Now

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

“This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24.  How are you feeling about today?  Are you doing today what you want to be doing?  Sometimes our todays aren’t all we’d like them to be because we dwell on regrets over yesterday or worry about what might happen tomorrow.  Today gets lost in the shuffle.

Sometimes we don’t do what we want to do because we think it won’t matter.  We think that we can’t really make a difference or we are afraid.  Or, we are waiting for the perfect moment or right time.  The future can take away our today and we lose the blessing of this moment.

Often times we hear Jesus talking about the Kingdom of God and think he’s talking about a time or a place that isn’t here yet.  But I think perhaps that’s just an excuse.  John Aurelio writes, “Only now do I begin to understand better what Jesus meant when he said, ‘The Kingdom of God is at hand.’  Jesus was telling us that we don’t have to wait to go “there.”  That “there” can be “here.””  What can we do to help realize the Kingdom of God here and now?  We can begin today to follow Jesus in transforming the world with love, grace and peace.

What can you do TODAY that you’ve been putting off?  Last Sunday, Pastor Milt (Pastor Dave’s dad) challenged us to write a note of thanks to our saints who are still living.   This Sunday, Rev. Leon Kelly fondly known as “The Rev,” will preach at both services.  His sermon title is “Today, Yesterday’s Tomorrow.”   I think he’ll have a few words for us on this subject.

Jesus, help us choose to be present in today, free from regret or fear.  May we understand that the Kingdom is at hand – now.  May we remember that we can begin today. Amen.

See you Sunday!  God bless you,

“We don't have to believe that what we are doing will have a significant impact or even make a tiny difference.  All we need to do is act- to begin and watch what happens.” - Anonymous

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