Monday, December 26, 2016

366 Project - Day 361 - "Self Portrait (Contemplative)"


December 26, 2016 - "Self Portrait (Contemplative)"

Yesterday afternoon I served my Holy Hour in the Perpetual Adoration Chapel. For about fifteen or twenty minutes of that hour I was alone in the Chapel... just the Blessed Sacrament and me. I was praying, when suddenly it hit me that this was the very first Christmas I've ever known without my Dad being at least a short drive away. Tears began flowing uncontrollably as I prayed for him... and for all of those whom I've known and loved and lost.

Sometimes we don't know what we have... don't appreciate what we have, until it is no longer there. We take so much for granted in life - including life itself. What will tomorrow bring? I don't know. Then again, I don't even know whether or not I will see another "tomorrow". What I do know... what I do have, is "this"... this moment right here... right now.

I pray for the faith, the courage and the strength to accept the challenges of "right now" with gratitude, and live a life that reflects that gratitude.

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