Today’s Prayer to Passage will be from the book ‘Still Me’ by Christopher Reeve.
Today I pray, “Dear God, Moving ahead into 2016 has been something that I have been tempering with gratitude and continued patience. When I think of the future, I can’t help but think of the past — yet one is to be irrelevant to the other, as today is a new day; today is a day to create anew.”
Following my prayer, I held the closed book in my hands and opened it to this passage:
“I have to stop this cascade of memories, or at least take them out of their drawer only for a moment, have a brief look, and put them back. I know how to do it now: I have to take the key to acting and apply it to my life. There is no other way to survive except to be in the moment. Just as my accident and its aftermath caused me to redefine what is a hero, I’ve had to take a hard look at what it means to live as fully as possible in the present. How do you survive in the moment when it’s bleak and painful and the past seems so seductive?”
2015 was received as abrupt and alarming. Yet beyond the arguments carried into this year, we really do possess every opportunity to live in the moment. In which case, 2016 is a year all to itself. You do you, 2016! I am looking at today with an open mind, suffering from the past for only as long as I choose. Surviving a new year upon having prayed so deeply amid last year’s trials, I resolve to continue in prayer.