Kandi Farris: Enjoy the here and now

The sun was going down, casting the day's last light on a pond by our house.

My granddaughter and I were riding down one of the paths when our eyes captured the beauty of the sun on the ripples in the water.

Betsy said, "It glistens like jewels."

That and some late-night snack might have been what caused me to have a crazy dream. Some days you can remember, some days you can't. This I remembered.

In my mind's eye was a vivid picture of a beach, a shovel and a bucket. The sea was glistening like diamonds. Yet, the beauty and the bounty were being tossed away.

Like the sands of time, our inner peace and the gift of the "present" was being hijacked one grain at a time. The pieces of "today" were being removed by the shovel of "yesterday."

Yesterday was a beautiful time for many of us special dates, holidays, certain smells, songs you name it. We can be transported back in a heartbeat. The depth of our yesterdays big moments, little moments, successes and defeats . those will always be ours to take out and enjoy with a smile in the quiet moments.

If we aren't careful, we can get trapped in what could have been "if only." But for many the brief moments become minutes, the minutes hours, the hours become days, the days become months and before you know it what were beautiful, fleeting thoughts of our past have robbed our years of the present.

That'll preach. My heart hurts for so many who are in the painful sands of loss while everyone else is filling their sand bucket with "Ho, ho, ho" and "Jingle Bells."

Yet, we do not sorrow as those who have no hope. 1 Thess 4:13

The restoration of the hope of today comes in the realization, "I would have lost heart had I not thought I would see His goodness in the land of the living." Psalm 27

Accept the reality of the present as it is, filled with new people to unpack and to accept as they are, not found "wanting" in the light of comparison.

Walk in the Peace of Promise, accepting the Light of the Father as He guides you on the road through the desert to the glistening waters of Now. Forgive and let go of the "I wish."

My dream and prayer for each of us is for the Lord to fill our today with hope, faith, love and the peace of knowing He holds yesterday, today and tomorrow. May the waters that come from the wellspring of life pour out and glisten with the sparkle of really living in the now. May this be the gift of this Christmas season for each of you.

Kandi Farris, a freelance correspondent also is a speaker on matters of faith and values.