Are We Too Busy to Truly Live?

God invites us to trade our hurried, hectic schedules for rich and holy rhythms.
Are We Too Busy to Truly Live?
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This week, Moments and Days author Michelle Van Loon invites you into an exploration of God’s gift of time. How can we live with eternity in mind? How can we combat a stressed, “to-do list” mentality and embrace a different posture toward each day? What role might holidays (holy days) and habits play in shaping the person we are becoming? This week, reflect on these and other critical themes using these five devotional readings.

Monday: Divine Perspective

“Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom.” (Psalm 90:12)

When my three kids were young, older folks would wax nostalgic to me about the swiftness with which the baby and toddler years zoomed past. Back then, when I read the words of Psalm 90:12, I conflated their meaning with the sweetly nostalgic words of Ruth Hulburt Hamilton’s poem about savoring time with little ones:

Cleaning and scrubbing can wait `til tomorrow

For babies grow up, we’ve learned to our sorrow,

So quiet down cobwebs, dust go to sleep!

I’m rocking my baby and babies don’t keep.

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