Union Ridge Church

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

by Reverend Dan on January 19, 2022
We live most of our lives in the “little moments”, those day-to-day, don’t seem important at the time, mundane, routine activities. Quick conversations with friends; running the kids to every activity imaginable and stealing a few moments in the car with them; sitting around the house watching TV. Some estimates say we live over 98% of our lives in these moments. Yet we tend to measure our lives by the “big” moments: graduations, weddings, births, deaths. And those moments are important. They are the milestones we use as markers along the journey of our lives so we should celebrate them. Thanks to Covid, I missed one of those big moments a couple weeks ago. My oldest daughter, Hannah, got married. I went to the venue before the ceremony to find my little girl and see her in her wedding dress and talk to her outside (socially distanced) for a minute before the wedding. The problem was, she wasn’t there. Instead, there was a beautiful young woman standing at the top of those steps that took my breath away. We talked a moment, cried a little (ok, a lot), and then I went and watched the ceremony as it was streamed online. Later that night, still sad at not being able to walk her down the aisle and have our father/daughter dance, I realized something. While I may not have been in that room where the wedding was, I’ve been in other rooms thousands of times with her; tucking her in bed, reading her stories, playing music and singing and doing what fathers and daughters do every day. The little things. And if you add up all those little moments, you realize how valuable they are. You see, in each of those moments, another color is added to the mosaic of our lives, and the closer we get to the end of our time here on earth, the more we realize that those are the colors that make up most of the canvas. They are where we loved the deepest, cared the most, and really lived. As you go through life, don’t take those moments for granted. Realize how special and precious each one it. God is in all our moments, not just the “big” ones. Celebrate them all for what they are – the gift of life from the giver of life.