One day at a time sweet Jesus….

I remember this song from when I was a kid. I think they may have played it on hymns by request which we listened to every Sunday after Church. It brings good memories and I smile that I still remember the words. There are many days where I recite it or sing it in my head. The chorus goes like this:

One day at a time sweet Jesus
That’s all I’m asking from you.
Just give me the strength
To do everyday what I have to do.
Yesterday’s gone sweet Jesus
And tomorrow may never be mine.
Lord help me today, show me the way
One day at a time.

Now, as I read it in the quietness of my home, the words sound so simple, the truth so clearly stated.

When I get into the pace of meetings and board work, shifts to fill and places to be and the day doesn’t feel as if it will hold enough hours, I want to slow down and remember the simple truth of these words:

Yesterday’s gone sweet Jesus
And tomorrow may never be mine.
Lord help me today, show me the way
One day at a time.

And so with yesterday gone and knowing tomorrow may never be mine, how do I want to live today.

I want to live today enjoying the six hours on the road to and from Chicago….

I want to live today delighting in worship with my family. I love it when we all worship together. Today I will be worshiping with Nick and Jonna, Andrew and Ryan, Suzi and Andy, my Mom and Dad and Aunt Dot, Peter, Isaiah and Johanna. There is something very sweet in that for me.

I want to live today celebrating the gifts of Ryan James. At 1ryan in Decades6 he has discovered theater and we will be attending his first decades casthigh school play. I am excited that he has found a venue for his creative and brilliant mind. Yay to youth leadership and the building of community. Decades is a play written, produced, directed, decorated, dressed, lit, audio-ed, and performed by Oak Park River Forest students!

I want to enjoy the conversations shared today. The light-hearted small talk and the words of deeper meaning and value. I want to listen well and ensure I am responding and not reacting. I want to know that whomever I interact with, in words or glances or interactions that are shared, that I will be a woman who radiates life, offers peace, and lives with intention in word, thought and deed.

And so I wonder how do you want to live out today. What do you hope for in the moments that lie ahead of you? One day at a time sweet Jesus is not as much a prayer of pleading (as I sometimes use it) but perhaps more words an invitation which “makes me wholeheartedly willing and ready from now on to live for him.” Heidelberg Catechism Q and A 1)

 

Author: trishborgdorff

I am on a life long journey to live with integrity, honesty, kindness and full of grace.

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