The Present Moment
Author: Nicola Vidamour (London, England)
Last summer I was in Africa, and I gained a completely new understanding of time.
One day we were expected at events in two different churches. When we got to the first church I asked my host, ‘When will we need to leave here in order to get to our next appointment on time?’ He answered, ‘We will leave here when we are ready! We need to give our full attention to these people here now, and we cannot do that if we are already thinking about where we are going next.’
After pondering the host’s answer, I realised just how difficult it is to live in the present. I love to reflect on the past or dream about the future, but the present can pass me by all too easily.
Today’s Bible reading from the Book of Esther speaks about living in the present moment. Esther understood that by leaving the past behind and not being afraid of the future, she was able to give herself completely to the present moment and to those people who needed her at that particular time.
Prayer: Dear Lord, give us this day our daily bread. Amen