My friend, Christie Lewis, spoke at our church last night. She talked about "having moments" each day, especially during the holidays. She means simple, joyful moments. She said that by the time Christmas is here you will have been asked countless times, "Are you ready for Christmas?" She suggested the reply, "I am having some wonderful moments." What kind of moments does she mean? Here are a few of her ideas: pausing to admire a sunset, going by yourself (if no one else can come) to a live nativity, always having quarters with you to drop into the Salvation Army buckets, or actually noticing the crunch of the snow under your feet as you walk (even if it's from the parking lot to the post office).
Christie mentioned a short comment from this blog by Stephanie Clark Nielson* (wife, mother of four and plane crash survivor ~ watch video about it here) which reminds us that there are perfect moments in everyone's lives, even during hard times:
"Mindy was a smash last night. She was beautiful and sang just perfect. She and Mr. Nielson sang their famous "Friday I'm in love" and my sweet little chickies Claire and Jane sang just like they did 2 years ago with Mindy when I was still in a coma. But this night I was lucky enough to hold my boys in my lap (while I was crying) listening to them sing like angels. It was so wonderful.
Another perfect moment in my life.
I am keeping track of these moments so when hard times come (and they do come) I can remember these "perfect moments" and I can step ahead."
As you go through each day may you "have moments" that bring you joy.
[*Stephanie Aurora Clark Nielsen says of herself, "I am: Returning from a near-fatal airplane crash, burned 80% of my body, and will have surgeries for the rest of my life. Probably. But I am alive. I cherish Mr. Nielson, Claire, Jane, Oliver, and Nicholas". She maintains a wonderful blog called NieNie Dialogues]