THIS  WEEK'S  SPIRITUAL  MESSAGE FOR  SENIORS 

This  WEEKLY message is written by the Editor of www.seniorark.com. It comes from a Christian perspective, although it may not always have Christian references

                This message posted: Sunday July 30, 2006

"Love, that will not let me go" 

Living in the Day                                                       Go to: www.SeniorARK.com

Once when I was a student at Pittsburgh Seminary, a fellow student startled me with her comment. I had been explaining what I hoped to do in the future, where I was hoping to do it, and with whom. I suppose I was describing it as a time when life would be very exciting. So this gal, whose name I can no longer remember, said "You are living so much in the future, that your life today is passing you by."  I felt insulted. But it got me thinking. She was right. And if she could have seen the coming years of my life, it would have been clear that I would repeat that unfortunate behavior many times. .

And today, in my 60's,  I tend to look back a bit more often than I look forward. I roam through the years I spent so closely with my son. The projects we did together. The new puppy we bought for him. The high school band concerts. But then came college, and then Princeton Seminary and marriage. Hundreds of miles separated us. This great relationship continues, but can you understand if I say it is different. Don't we sometimes miss our children?

And I remember when I managed large offices, and when my knees actually worked, and when , and when,  and when...

So I'm doing it again, just in a different direction. Still missing today by living in the future or the past. Oh, hopes or memories are good, as long as they are not consuming. But Senior friends, This is the day that the Lord has made, so rejoice and be glad in it!  It is not possible to live happily in the past or the future. Remember the past with joy and satisfaction, and face tomorrow with the hope only God can give, but find a way to live in today. More on how to do this in next week's message.

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"O Joy, that seekest me through pain, I cannot close my heart to Thee.

I trace the rainbow through the rain.

And feel the promise is not vain, that morn shall tearless be"

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PRAYER: Loving Father, Help me to look for joy in the day. The knees hurt, the finances are stretched, and loneliness often creeps into my heart. I wait for the healing ointment of your presence in my life, my good friend and my redeemer. Thank you for my day. Amen 

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