Each day is a little life: every waking and rising a little birth, every fresh morning a little youth, every going to rest and sleep a little death. Arthur Schopenhauer
Meditation: Last night, on a Sunday evening, my daughter looked at me and said: “It seems like this morning was a long time ago. So much has happened! What did I do after I got up?” I smiled. At thirteen, life suddenly is being experienced much more consciously. My daughter then proceeded to recount and trace back how her day had gone and all the things she had experienced that day. Later she incorporated her findings into her night prayer. Since my twin daughters were two years old their night prayer always starts with “Thank you, God, for this day”. At times I smile when a teacher is being thanked for whom my daughters had been angry with earlier in the day. How wonderful that the Spirit of gratitude transforms our challenges and growing experiences and helps us accept them. Each day is a little life. And each evening prayer is an exercise in remembering, thanking and letting go. Falling asleep after having made peace with how the day went is a spiritual exercise. Every night in practicing finding gratitude and peace, we are preparing for our final letting go.
Prayer: Merciful and compassionate God, every day is a little life. Every day is a gift from You. Help us enjoy it to the fullest. Wake us up to the beauty of possibilities. Help us be mindful as we journey through the day and let us remember all the moments of joy, challenge and sadness. And at the end of the day, help us forgive others where they failed us, and help us to be grateful even for the challenging moments. You renew us every day, and You are with us every step on the way. Great is your faithfulness. Amen
It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23