Living In The Present Moment

"Lo, I am about to create new heavens and a new earth; The things of the past shall not be remembered or come to mind. Instead, there shall always be rejoicing and happiness in what I create; For I create Jerusalem to be a joy and its people to be a delight; I will rejoice in Jerusalem and exult in my people."1

"'Therefore do not be anxious, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For the Gentiles seek all these things; and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well. 'Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Let the day's own trouble be sufficient for the day.'"2

Presence In the Present

My past I place at Your mercy;
My future's held within Your hands:
This frees my heart of its worry,
And silences my mind's demands.

I'm freed to focus on Your will;
My soul's now centered on Your grace.
What was a harsh struggle uphill,
Is now a Divine dwelling place.

I strive to serve You, Lord, in all,
Within the realm of my duty:
Each little task becomes a call,
To holiness and charity.

In each moment, You dwell fully,
In souls who respond to Your grace:
The everyday becomes holy;
Within Your will we find our place.

(c) Paul Buis, 2000

1. Isaiah 65:17-19
2. Matthew 6:31-34