Faithful Presence in the Present Moment of Everyday Life
by Mark Votava
It is so nice to go for a walk and enjoy the present moment. After a hard fall and winter season, it is nice to just rest in the beauty of the world God has created. Too many times I am unaware of the beauty of the created world around me.
- I cannot separate myself from the world
I cannot separate myself from the world in which I live. It is all around me and I am a part of it. The world in which I experience everyday life is my small contribution to bring my unique self forward.
- Coming to realize life is a gift
After losing a friend this past year, I am coming to realize just how much life is a gift. My grief and sorrow are showing me just how important it is to take nothing for granted. I am alive in the present moment. My salvation is wrapped up in sharing life together with others.
- Staying in the same place the past ten years
Sometimes I think about how my life would be different if I hadn’t stayed in the same place the past ten years. Would I have more money? Would life be easier? Would I be the person I am today?
- Hope to be a faithful presence for decades to come
My life is now about halfway over, as I have turned forty this past year. I don’t know how long I will live, but I hope to be a faithful presence in my local community or parish for another couple of decades. If I could embody that way of life, it would make me very happy to know I have lived my life out of a sense of love, grace and humility toward others. I do not want to become an angry man that only cares for himself and no one else as I become older in life.
- The struggle of living in the present moment
Wonder has been difficult to embrace as I have struggled with living in the present moment. The past always tugs at me and the future is always calling out. But I must find my grounding in the present moment of everyday life in the parish. This is how I can experience God within me on-the-ground in the context I live in. The ordinary moments are drenched in sacredness and there is no escaping my responsibilities to those I am in community with.
- The present moment is calling out to me
The present moment of deep wisdom is calling out to me as I am tempted to live individualistically. The present moment is filled with discovery and revelation. As I live today, I am tired of fighting the present moment of enlightenment only to enter into a depression of despair. There is a sense of life in the present moment in the ordinary.
How can we find beauty in everyday life in the present moment of the ordinary?