A couple of weeks ago, we experienced our first snow in Helena Montana. As soon as the snow landed softly on the ground it evaporated into water. It was freezing cold out.
Annie, our 15-month old dog, was simply delighted with the arrival of snowflakes. I have to admit I did not share her enthusiasm or delight because my tomato plants were about to
freeze if I did not harvest them quickly.
Reluctantly, I put on my winter boots, hat, gloves, and coat. Grumbling to myself, I went outside to pick the tomatoes before
they succumbed to the cold before my eyes. As I was harvesting tomatoes, I stopped to watch Annie jumping, running, and trying to catch as many snowflakes in her mouth as she could.
Annie quickly changed my grumbling into a huge smile and some much needed giggling. I thought to myself that 'dog really knows how to live in the “now” moment.' If Annie could sing, I think the song she was humming to herself
as she was jumping and catching those delightful snowflakes might go something like this: “Happy, happy, happy, winter has arrived....I am so happy.... let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.”
Annie reminded me of the importance of living one moment, one day at a time and to accept the things I cannot change. Jesus reminds us in Matthew 6:34- “Don't worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own
worries. Today's trouble is enough for today.” In the Our Father prayer, we are asking God to give us our daily bread—the key word is daily! Thank you Annie for showing me how to live in the now moment!
I am also reminded to pray the serenity prayer daily so I can suit up and show up for the “now” moments of life.
Let us pray: God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time; enjoying one moment at a time; accepting hardships as the pathway to peace; taking, as He did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it; trusting that He will make all things right if I surrender to His Will;
that I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with Him forever in the next. Amen.