“Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto the ages of ages.” (A doxology of Byzantine-Rite church services)

This oft-repeated doxology reminds me of the need to focus on my present-day; on the now. Because, although it does indirectly mention the past (“and ever”), and extends into eternity (“the ages of ages”), the focus of this brief doxology is first and foremost on the “now.”

In practical terms this means that today I must not be discouraged by the “what ifs” of my past, nor be distracted from my immediate responsibilities, situations, and relationships by imagining others that I would like to have in the future. I can’t be grateful for, and attentive to, my present reality, if I am constantly imagining a different one. Today I am called to accept myself, other people, and situations as they are, rather than what I would like them to be. Let me be grateful for the wisdom in what God is sending me now, so that I can ascribe glory to Him, and have His glory be made manifest in my life, in the now.

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