Slow Down

For Each Moment
Can I confess something to you? I have a tendency to go a million miles a minute when I get excited about something. So much so, that I might even miss the very thing I was excited about, because I didn’t take a single moment to slow down and take it all in. I think that happens to all of us at one point or another. Perhaps we’re excited about something, or we’re just trying to speed over a moment because it is difficult or unpleasant.
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I received a book of prayer recently from a dear friend and mentor of mine. They recommended this particular prayer and I’ve found myself drawn to it more and more every day. Pray this prayer with me today, and join me in an opportunity to slow down and be grateful for each and every moment, no matter what we might be in.
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Lord, thank you for each moment,
   for the blue-sky moment,
      the softening earth, the freshening wind,
   for the sap flowing,
      the bird nesting, the yellow bush,
   for my full heart
      and the joy rising in me.
Soften me
   to receive whatever comes as a gift
      and to praise you in it.
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Lord, thank you for each moment,
   for the twilight moment,
      the pause, the good tired,
   for the quiet reflection,
      the slowing down, the mysterious sunset,
   for my contented heart
      and the wisdom growing inside me.
Gentle me
   to feel whatever comes as a gift
      and to praise you in it.
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Lord, thank you for each moment,
   for the midnight moment,
      the loneliness, the fretful wondering,
   for the watchful stars,
      the long ache, the sleepless wait,
   for my restless heart
      and the hope straining in me.
Focus me
   to see whatever comes as a gift
      and to praise you in it.

~Ted Loder

Pastor Taylor