“What time but now can truth be recognized? The present is the only time there is. And so today, this instant, now, we come to look upon what is forever there; not in our sight, but in the eyes of Christ. He looks past time, and sees eternity as represented there. He hears the sounds the senseless, busy world engenders, yet He hears them faintly. For beyond them all He hears the song of Heaven, and the Voice for God more clear, more meaningful, more near.”
It’s not always easy to live in the present, especially if you’ve had traumatic or simply negative experiences in the past; however, that is what I’m enjoined to do in the paragraph above—live in the present and, if I remember the past, to give thanks for the love I experienced then.
Sometimes people are sent to us to help us learn. I have a friend who is unable to let the past go, and so repeats unhappy stories over and over. It is difficult at times not to become irritated and impatient, but I ask for help not to judge my friend. I admit that I don’t always listen to the guidance I receive, but when I do, I feel compassion instead of irritation.