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GRATEFUL GIRL'S THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
It's so easy to rush through the best parts of life. Easy and dangerous because nothing lasts forever here on the third rock from the sun. In other words, savor those wedding preparations -- even though the caterer is making you crazy, the centerpieces have come back wrong twice and your bridesmaids keep missing their alteration appointments at the dress shop. Grr. Blink and you'll be celebrating your 22nd wedding anniversary; not that that's a bad thing. It's just that it all goes by fast, my friends.
So, take those crazy days of driving from soccer game to swim practice to PTA meeting to band booster gathering to recital to parent-teacher conference to youth group to play practice and back home again one day at a time. Because one fine day not too long from now, you'll be dropping your son off at college and wishing for all that madness back. #bawling
Try to make the best of your hectic work schedule. It's busy and demanding and frenetic and stressful and taxing and there aren't enough hours in the day to get everything done...until you retire -- and it's quiet. And you're a little bored. And realize how much you miss being needed in the office. Sigh.
And listen to your parents tell you stories about their youth...25 or 30 times, if they wish. Pick them up for their hair appointments and doctor visits. Call them on the phone just to say "I love you," because one day down the road; you'll wish you had just one more phone call or hair appointment or doctor visit to share.
Stop wishing away today; it might be rainy or cold or harried or even a little icky; but I bet at least one good thing will happen even if it's just a kind word from a stranger or a text from your BFF. So smile, and make that the memory you keep. #embracetheday
Ps 102:2-3, 16-18, 19-21 - R. (2) O Lord, hear my prayer, and let my cry come to you. O LORD, hear my prayer, and let my cry come to you. Hide not your face from me in the day of my distress. Incline your ear to me; in the day when I call, answer me speedily. The nations shall revere your name, O LORD, and all the kings of the earth your glory, When the LORD has rebuilt Zion and appeared in his glory; When he has regarded the prayer of the destitute, and not despised their prayer. Let this be written for the generation to come, and let his future creatures praise the LORD: "The LORD looked down from his holy height, from heaven he beheld the earth, To hear the groaning of the prisoners, to release those doomed to die." The seed is the word of God, Christ is the sower; all who come to him will live for ever.