Teach us how to live …

Oh! Teach us to live well! Teach us to live wisely and well! Psalm 90:12

Frequently I hear among my peers (the AARP cards carriers) they don’t know how they ever worked because they are too busy in retirement. I like to think that a busy person is a happy person, unless being too busy gets in the way of enjoying life.

I love mornings—they go like this: I stretch before getting out of bed, usually for twenty minutes, make a cup of tea and a slice of toast,and grab my Bible and read a couple of chapters. Then, I get ready for the day and spend time in the swing by the river and write. Sometimes I’m interrupted like this morning …

From a swing by the river …

I saw a bird swoop down and pluck a moth out of the sky
A fish jump out of the river to nibble on a slice of bread floating on top the water
A mallard duck gracefully swimming and then take flight like a jet across the water.

I hear frogs croaking
birds singing
squirrels chattering

I smell freshness in the air after an evening of rain
The lingering aroma of a smoldering campfire
And a whiff of fishy odor coming from the river.

I touch the keys of my laptop
Finger pages of my book.
Feel a cool, fresh breeze on my skin

And God’s presence. God is good all the time. All the time, God is good.

Thank you, Lord, for my quiet time. Amen.

About lindagillis

I am a retired church office servant, a writer, speaker for conferences, events, and retreats, and advocate for those who work in the church office. I began writing seriously after winning the 2006 Guideposts Writer's Workshop and being published in "Guideposts" and "Angels on Earth" magazines. I have self-published two book, "The Donut Theory--Meditation and Inspiration for the Church Office" and "Humble Beginnings--Daily Meditation Moments". My other passion is family and traveling to visit family and friends.
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