Good Days…Bad Days With Maureen Pratt

Good Days…Bad Days With Maureen Pratt


This is the day

posted by mpratt
Image courtesy of graur codrin/FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Image courtesy of graur codrin/FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Imagine if you gave a good friend a present, all wrapped up and shining in the light. What if that friend, instead of opening the package, set it aside. He or she tells you, “Oh, thanks. But I’ll get to it later. I’m really not all that excited about a present right now. I have other things to do.”

How would you feel? Upset? Disappointed? More than a little irritated that you’d gone to all that trouble, and your friend couldn’t care less?

Now, think about this day. Yes, this very day, this moment. It is a day that the Lord, with all his love and care, has made and has given to us. Thoughtfully. Happily. Self-lessly. This day is all wrapped up with wonder, with the mysteries of his Creation and the sights and sounds of natural beauty.

Yes, this is the day the Lord has made, and he gives it to you and me.

What are we going to do with it?

Are we so focused on pain, illness, and clouds that seem to never go away? Are we going to set aside this day to think about tomorrow or regret yesterday? Are we going to eye today fearfully, not sure if we even want to see what it holds?

Or, are we going to raise a heavenward “Thank you, Father!” and eagerly tear open the package and see what gifts await us this time?

This day.

Today.

Today, I’m going to be that friend who accepts the gift, opens the package, and gives great thanks, no matter how small the blessings may be this day.

How about you?

Blessings for this day,

Maureen



Advertisement
Comments Post the First Comment »
post a comment

Comments are closed.



Previous Posts

A Praying Spirit: Prayer with a Friend
Jesus told us, "For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them." (Matthew 18:20) This is particularly powerful when you think

posted 1:44:04am Nov. 22, 2014 | read full post »

Chronic Pain and Illness: Why the Front Office Matters
They are more than just bodies that stand or sit between you and your doctor. They know more than what your co-pay is or what the office hours are. But, oh, how often, do we forget that the front office workers at a physician's office matter, really, they do!  And the better we can work with them,

posted 10:49:08pm Nov. 20, 2014 | read full post »

TLC Tuesday: A Breath of Fresh Air
Today, give yourself a breath of fresh air. Not just a shallow, timid gasp. A full-fledged, rejuvenating intake of blessed and cleansing oxygen. When we're busy or tense, stressed or preocuppied, we might ignore the simple ways that we can reconnect, even for a moment, with God's creation and the

posted 10:39:08pm Nov. 18, 2014 | read full post »

Food for Thought: Finding Faith in Fiction
Earlier this year, I wrote an article for Saint Anthony Messenger that coincided with the 50th anniversary of the death of American author and devout Catholic Flannery O'Connor. It was a very personal piece, especially because Flannery had died from lupus at a too-young age and I had discovered her

posted 10:35:12pm Nov. 17, 2014 | read full post »

A Praying Spirit: Praying through Pain
You want to pray, you want to feel God's comfort and love. But you're in too much pain to sit, stand, or lie down without feeling consumed with hurt. When you think the pain is subsiding, you try again, but sharp stabs stop you and reminds you: Pain won't go away. Whether it's physical or emotion

posted 2:42:59am Nov. 15, 2014 | read full post »




Report as Inappropriate

You are reporting this content because it violates the Terms of Service.

All reported content is logged for investigation.