Here it is Thankful Thursday, and although I have much that I am thankful for (including the fact that I am on vacation this week for spring break) I wasn’t sure what to write for this post. I didn’t really have any concrete ideas for a poem. Then I went to dVerse Poets Pub to see what was going on. I found there the perfect prompt from Victoria Slotto. The Meeting at the Bar prompt was to Live in the Moment, to write about our perceptions of the present moment. It’s perfect because I am thankful for this present moment.
It’s raining outside
but I don’t hear it,
the tinkling sound of the raindrops
drowned out by Third Day
playing on my iPod “Upbeat Christian” playlist –
“You bought me for a reason” Mac sings.
The soft cushion of my easy chair,
much nicer than my office chair,
as the warmth of my laptop
keeps the rainy chill at bay,
and I smile because I’m not at work today.
Revive sings, “I almost missed this moment,”
but I didn’t because I paused
to enjoy the peace
of a vacation day at home
with nowhere to go,
no place I have to be.
I smile again
realizing that I’m getting paid
to sit here doing just what
I want to do,
taking care of a task or two
that the busy-ness of life usually
makes difficult to accomplish.
At this moment my son
is in his room working on
something creative and new
after having lunch that he made himself
but thanked me for.
“Everywhere I go I know You’re not far away,
You’re right here,” sings Jeremy Camp
reminding me that in this moment
as in each and every moment – peaceful or not –
God is right here with me
filling my heart with thankfulness.
My cute little dog
is sleeping peacefully on the couch,
dreaming of chasing his ball –
which we might do later,
in another playful moment
of this wonderful life
filled with moments of God’s grace.