Relax and enjoy it

Good morning everyone,
 
Our theme for this month: “Savor the time”
 
Our Bible verse for today: “This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24 (CSB)
 
Our thought for today: “Relax and enjoy it”
 
I have this vivid memory of a time from about thirty years ago. It was July. The previous year had been especially busy and trying, but I was on vacation now. My family and I had traveled from our home in Southern California to my parent’s house in New Jersey for a family reunion. On the day I’m thinking about I was in their backyard (which was bordered by woods), lying in a hammock in the shade of a tree. There was a gentle breeze blowing, birds were singing, and I was reading a good book. Suddenly it dawned on me that I was as relaxed and stress-free as I could remember being in a long, long time. It seemed as if all the stress and all the tension had been drained out of me. I was serene, comfortable, and content. I remember thinking “This feels soooo good …” and I savored the moment – so much so that I clearly remember it three decades later.
 
One definition of “savor” is: “To relish; delight in; enjoy; to appreciate fully.” But if we’re going to be able to savor our time – especially our special moments – we have to slow down and truly focus on the person before us, or enter deeply into the event we’re participating in, so we can fully enjoy and delight in the moment. But how often do we do that? How often do we truly enter into and savor the moments of our lives like that?
 
The moment I described from my parent’s backyard thirty years ago involved a very simple event, lying in a hammock in a backyard, yet it turned into one of the special moments of my life. It’s one I make an effort to recreate as often as possible. And actually, every moment has the potential to be savored. In Psalm 118:24 the Psalmist reminds us that every day is a gift from God. We can read that “every moment” is a gift from God. And if properly handled, it can be embraced, enjoyed, and savored.
 
Let’s learn to slow down and savor life. Let’s relax and enjoy it. If we don’t, we will miss the best moments in life.
 
God Bless,
Pastor Jim
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