This mother’s heart has had its fair share of bittersweet moments this past week. On Wednesday, my teenage daughter headed to Mexico for a mission trip. This child has a heart for missions. Last year, she went to Mexico on this trip and fell deeper in love with serving God through serving others. On Friday, my son celebrated another birthday. Not only did he turn 12, the last official age before becoming a teenager, but we also celebrated his seventh birthday with him. Our son joined our family at the age of 5 ½ …a match made in heaven that only God could have orchestrated…to grant me the desires of my heart, another child. This sweet boy has adjusted well….he is my son, and I am his mother.
A mother’s heart…proud of her children, humbled by their faith and love for Christ, excited to see the people they are growing into….Yet….. bittersweet moments. They are growing up. These moments will never come again.
One thing I have learned from my residents with dementia and memory impairment is that they live in the moment. By living in the present moment, they fully embrace the moment…all the senses are involved…the smell of baking bread, the taste of the warm buttered bread, the laughter of those sitting beside them, the warmth of a hug from a trusted caregiver…they live in the moment.
As my children grow older and time passes by, I desperately want to cling onto each moment of laughter, of joy, of tenderness. These moments pass. Homework must be tackled. Laundry piles up. Grocery shopping must be done. Stacks of bills must be paid. The mundane stuff of life threatens to rob the joy from everyday moments. I must stop. I must pause. I need to take the moment to see the silly antics my son is up to. I must pause and take the extra effort to connect with my teenage daughter.
I need to learn to be more present. I must take time to pause, to rest. I need to slow down. I need to laugh more. I need to make more time for family and friends. I need to spend more time in quiet solitude with my Heavenly Father.
Live in the moment. Embrace life. Let go of the past and quit fearing the future. This is my challenge to me and to you. Take time to slow down and truly be present.
The present is a present.