Life is Beautiful, Today is a Gift, So Seize the Day


One of my favorite lines of contemporary poetry is from Mary Oliver’s poem, Summer Day:

Tell me, what is it you plan to do with
your one wild and precious life?

Life is wild and precious. Life is beautiful and life is challenging and life is hard and we only have one life to live.

Jesus came so you would experience life abundantly—so you would flourish. To flourish you must engage with life. To engage with life means you must see something that captures your heart and soul.

That is what we seek to do at Living Word, week after week, day by day, to help you see something that seizes hold of you, that captivates you, that moves you, that fills you, that blesses you…

We want you to see Jesus. To see the heart of Christ for you (and the world he loves). To discern the ways of Jesus that are full of meaning and purpose. To live with faith, hope, and love. To enjoy deep connections with others who are on the same journey.

I recently came across another thought from Mary Oliver:

When it’s over, I want to say: all my life
I was a bride married to amazement.
I was the bridegroom, taking the world
into my arms.

When it’s over, I don’t want to wonder
if I have made of my life something particular, and real.
I don’t want to find myself sighing
and frightened,
or full of argument.
I don’t want to end up simply having visited
this world.

(From: When Death Comes by Mary Oliver)

That is my prayer for you today: That you would be married to amazement; that you would take the world into your arms; that you will make of your life something particular and real; that you will not, in the end, merely have visited this world, you will have blessed it.

Living a wild and precious life with you,
Pastor Brian



Brian Rice