This Moment is Perfect

Jeremiah 31:33&34 “But this is the new covenant I will make with the people of Israel on that day, says the Lord. I will put my instructions deep within them, and I will write them on their hearts. I will be their God and they will be my people. And they will not need to teach their neighbors, nor will they need to teach their relatives, saying, ‘You should know the Lord.’ For everyone from the least to greatest, will know me already, says the Lord. And I will forgive their wickedness, and never again remember their sins.”

Wow, I’m always amazed at the power in scripture as it relates to our lives. There is such freedom in the words, spoken in Jeremiah. For all the years I’ve looked outward, struggled with self-image, my place in society, my career, trying to be the capable, tireless wife and mother. One would think by now I would be in some highly exalted position, overseeing something or other. Really, is there such a thing? I don’t think so, but I’m keeping an open mind. What freedom and dignity there is, knowing that God’s divine image is written on our hearts. Just knowing that I can make the decision to live in the moment with God. It’s not easy, I have a stubborn streak and patience is not a strong virtue of mine. I need to pull myself back inward many times during the day. Let my feelings unfold and they will pass. When I’m weak, I need to remember that God forgives and forgets our weakness. God’s power is strong.

Below is a thoughtful look on living life in the moment, taken from “Letting Go” The Spirituality of Subtraction by R. Rohr

This Moment Is As Perfect As It Can Be

“Gospel people don’t need to hang on to anything. For them, the ego is out of the way. They will make a difference in the world precisely because they don’t need to. They don’t need to be first, they don’t need to be important. They don’t need to be number one. They don’t need to be rich, secure or popular, so they can do what God told them to do. They can be obedient, God can move through them with power. That’s why spirituality is always about letting go.”

“We all occasionally see how incapable we are. I was reminded of this on a muggy July afternoon, sitting at a stoplight in downtown Cincinnati. It seemed interminable. After a few moments, I became mad at everybody around me: the car in front of me, the car behind me, the car on each side of me. I began thinking vicious, unkind things about all kinds of people I hadn’t seen in months. Some part of me asked: Where is this coming from? You are supposed to be free, but you are so unfree and you are so trapped in yourself that you can’t even accept a little red light.”

“The Lord gave me a little mantra that I’ve used ever since. “This moment is as perfect as it can be.” I’ve had to repeat it many times and most times not wanting to. This moment is as perfect as it can be. Everything is right here, right now and if I can’t rejoice now, I can’t know joy at all. Is my joy based on circumstances, or is my joy based on something within that no one can take from me or give to me?”

Father God, Holy Spirit, Remind me to take you with me wherever I go. Amen

Lois Autterson

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