“An instant in time that had no time. A picture that froze in mid-frame, demanding to be savored. A minute that refused to die after sixty seconds. A moment that was lifted off the timeline and amplified into a forever so all the angels could witness its majesty.

An eternal instant.”

Max Lucado from God Came Near

It is Friday! Oh, you know it is my favorite day of the week! It is also our last, yes, last Five Minute Friday of 2016. Wow! Join me and others for Five Minute Friday with Kate Motaung.

Today’s word: NOW

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Somehow I have found myself in this place. The place near the end. The close of 2016 a mere fifteen days away and barreling toward me at break neck speed. Can you believe it?

It seems it all funnels down to these remaining days. The hustle and bustle of holiday preparations, gift wrapping, and travel plans.

Eyes dart back and forth between the calendar, the ticking clock, and the to do list. Pushed around and bullied to nth degree. The last thread of calm shredded to near breaking.

The Eternal present.

 We find ourselves in the midst of the most wonderful time of the year and yet, for me it is a time when I feel most conflicted.

In less days than the number of fingers on my hands, the Winter Solstice will quietly arrive. The shortest, darkest day of the year.

You see, I long to slow, to savor, to sit in His presence and wait expectantly. Time is a bully that propels me into uncomfortable places. The place of hurry. Hurry and wait. Purchase more, do more, be more. The bah humbug of it all wears a weary soul thin.

This is where we are. Where I am. Worn out, weary, pushed back.

Longing for the Eternal Present.

In all the hustle and bustle I do not want to miss the now. Don’t want to miss His Presence.

The sacred moments that spill into the midst of busyness, says to me, “Here I am, you are standing on Holy Ground. Sit with me in the now. Sit with me in the quiet. Here my whispered words of love.”

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What I am reading for Advent:

Gifts of Grace