This is the day the Lord has made, rejoice and be glad!

The older I get the more I realize how precious every day is and the more I recognize how grateful I am for new beginnings every morning.

Several years ago, my daughter died suddenly. Unexpectedly. I had just had breakfast with her barely 12 hours before. I still grapple with the shock of it. How can she just not be here any more? But the day before she died had been a good day. We had laughed and talked and enjoyed each other’s company. It was my last day with her on earth.

It taught me to appreciate my loved ones — every day. This past autumn several of my friends lost their homes in the terrible wildfires in our area. They lost absolutely everything overnight. Life can change that fast. All those paintings and antiques that were so carefully selected. The kitchens that took them two years to remodel – gone in a flash.

That doesn’t mean we live in fear. It means we need to appreciate every day. Every. Day. The long ones and the boring ones. The silly ones and the annoying ones. That little baby will grow up and be a teenager. Then a young adult and then your friend. Every day, every moment connects to itself and you will wish you could remember all the crayon drawings, and peanut butter hugs, and tearful goodbyes.

Life on earth has its limits. But that makes it all the dearer. When we rejoice over every day we are showing our gratitude for the gifts God has given us, even if only temporarily. I love and miss my daughter. But I am forever grateful for the many years I had with her. And I know I will see her again – this time for eternity when I get to Heaven.

Take a moment today to be reminded of how much you do have. To be thankful for the gift of your family and home, and for the gift of God’s eternal love. This is the day the Lord has made. Rejoice and be glad!!