Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Creator of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.
A Word of Hope
A long-time friend of mine had a rule when we ate out; she called it “dessert first” explaining that by the time you finish your meal you may no longer be hungry, and who doesn’t want dessert? I occasionally complied because taking food to go, you can enjoy a really good entree twice. My dear friend Carmen loved her chocolate cake. What is your favorite dessert?
I carried the rule forward and I’m a strong advocate for not saving the best for last. Either way, no matter what you choose, and in all things, savor the moment. Today, I watched a favorite series with a good friend streaming early in the day, instead of waiting until after dark. If you took a spontaneous break today, what would you watch or read instead of waiting for later?
In our growing tendency for instant gratification, we can order anything online, and often, within the same day have our hearts desire, if only because it’s possible. Still, other things demand our patience. We don’t have to wait for wine or cheese to age, because the work is done before it reaches us. However, the second a tomato is vine ripe, it can’t wait.
Enough metaphor. Let’s think about you. What is something that can’t wait before the perfect time passes? What is another thing in which you are required to be patient? The point is, I’m finding my experiences and beliefs are often causing me to contemplate that old adage of saving the best for last. I find on some days the weather is perfect for a spontaneous walk. On other days the bananas are just overripe enough for banana bread or they’ll have to be thrown out. Trust me. I’m conscious this minute of not relating all these themes to food. But I’m realizing life is short.
Life has too often been cut short for my loved ones; and often I think I need to enjoy everything I can while I’m here. I remember it turned out Carmen was right. She left this world much too soon. Who knew her thinking was so prophetic? She didn’t. Let me be clear. I’m not suggesting we change our eating habits or rush out right now and do our bucket lists. This isn’t about rushing the process. What I am saying is to savor this moment and take a moment to not just be grateful… but to savor.
Savor The time God has given you. How will you savor your time and show gratitude to God for it? Savor your relationships. Who comes to mind with whom you’d like to enjoy savoring a few more minutes? Savor your pet. If you have a pet, you probably know very well exactly how to do that. Savor your next meal. What food will you enjoy the most?
Do you savor the rain? Think about the life-giving water drops falling from the sky. Plants, animals, trees and insects are being fed. The air is cleaned. Now the rain is in slow motion. Perhaps it’s a shower. It is refreshing your face; not too warm or cool. Magically, you’re not concerned with being wet. If you savor God’s gift of rain along with other countless every-day blessings, you can experience that same joy you can receive by occasionally ordering that desert first.
O God, your rain drains off. We’re dry once more. On its journey, the water became new life again. May we allow yourselves to be refreshed and renewed by simple pleasures, knowing that no blessings that come from you are small.
Charlie C. Rose
Order of St. Francis and St. Clare