Presence

Those live whom the LORD protects; yours … the life of my spirit. You have given me health and life; thus is my bitterness transformed into peace. You have preserved my life from the pit of destruction, when you cast behind your back all my sins.” (Isaiah 38.16-17)

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.” (Matthew 6.34)

This Moment

The baggage of past guilt and shame,
Has left her heart heavy and cold;
Her pride offers excuse and blame,
To crust her heart with rust and mould.

The worry of what soon could be,
Freezes her heart with fear and dread;
Blind to God’s hand in history,
She frets with conjecture instead.

The Lord offers loving mercy:
Her sins behind His back are cast;
Her contrite heart, healed and set free,
Purges the bane of pain long past.

The Lord offers His lasting peace:
The premise of His providence;
Held in His hand, she should not cease,
To trust in Him with confidence.

Freed from the future and the past,
She lives in this moment at last!
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May the Eternal Now, without past or future, help to live fully and freely in the present moment.

(c) Paul Buis, 2003

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