a thought for the day we have been given

9 June 2015

Dawn in Swallowbeck

Dawn in Swallowbeck

On how many more occasions will we rise and smell the early morning scent of honeysuckle blossom? Or stand barefoot on a beach and watch the sun dip beyond the ocean? How many sandcastles have we still to build, or make promises we may never get to keep?

If the day we have been given should include an opportunity to forgive or be forgiven, to love or be loved, then seize it.

It is true that there are plenty of distractions and temptations in our waking hours for us to not live the life for which we were intended;  it is therefore understandable that we lay our heads down at the end of the day without the fulfilment we may have otherwise had, but by God’s grace we have it in our power to make the most of what we do have.

If there be a darkness that seems all-consuming, light a candle, its flickering flame may give us a glimpse of the possible. If a despair is overwhelming, pick out a joy and focus on it, even if it be from the past. If someone is giving us the cold shoulder, greet them, even from a safe distance if need be as it may be safer for them too.

Maybe we have already seen the last sunset from a western beach. But one thing is for sure, if we are alert to the day we have then it is ours to find the spark of life within it; and for those who companion us even for a while, give thanks.

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