"Show me, LORD, my life's end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting my life is. Psalm 39:4
Our writing prompt asks, what comes to mind with the word “gift”? I think of the gift of today. I thank God for every day I live. I hope that doesn’t sound trite dear reader? There are all sorts of other gifts that come to my mind but I have settled on today. A day can include many things.
Today I spent time with some of my teachers. My teachers remind me of the daily treasure of breathing. Breathing is something I may take for granted unless my asthma shows its ugly face. Often my teachers struggle to breathe. Healthy days are behind them.
My teachers remind me our days are fleeting. Scripture lays that out for me as well. I am all too aware that things go sour in the world. Some of my teachers live in days of misery. I often come alongside people who are dying. They teach me to live for today even under the shadow of suffering.
The gift of today touched my heart. A woman my wife knows came to our home. Her son died due to a mistake of his doctors. She said she and her family would make the best they can of Christmas. Her grief gave me a gift of tears. I couldn’t help it. I thought of my own children and grandchildren. I want to hold my family close today.
Knowing my life is fleeting causes me to pause. I take time to thank God for His daily mercy. The gift of today, oh how sweet! Today I listened to leaves rustling in the trees. Today I beheld the bright presence of the sun. The mountains around me look gorgeous in their blankets of snow. They are living postcards. A gift of God’s beauty in the cold of a winter day!
I don’t know the number of my days. I do know that they are fleeting. I may be past my best by date. I don’t know what tomorrow will bring. I have lived long enough to know my life has a termination date. As God’s word says, “So teach us to number our days, That we may present to You a heart of wisdom.” (Psalm 90: 12). My life here will one day end.
I am mindful of the beauty of each day. I didn’t always see this precious treasure. The wisdom of listening to my teachers impresses on me to embrace today. Today is a gift and I thank God for it!