As I venture onto the porch this morning, I am captured for by the hushed stillness of the morning.  The bright sun seems to be caught for a brief moment in the spreading branches of a young elm and I am mesmerized by the beauty of the sunlight as it is filtered through the tree.  Although I love the vast expanses of open fields and prairie grass, there is something captivating about the beauty of a tree.  So as I stand still and watch the sun climb higher through the branches, my grateful heart gives thanks for each and every tree that finds root in my soil. 

I also give thanks for the moment; this day; this hour; this season; everything that makes this moment unique.  Since time for us is linear, moments are fleeting and soon pass. We can capture the image of a moment on film, but the only way to truly capture moment is in memory, and those memories – whether we can recall them or not – are an intricate part of who we are, so in some way we carry the moments of our lives with us.

I have a watch with an inscription on it which reads, “We do not remember days, we remember moments.”  Our life is lived out in moments and it is moments that we remember. How we choose to live in each moment and the attitude of our hearts determines how we will remember those moments.  Thousands of brief snatches of time that are captured within our memories and that when strung together, tell our story, develop our character, and shape our lives. 

Henry David Thoreau once wrote, “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately,….I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life.”  I don’t know about Thoreau, but I want to live deep and live joyfully.  I think to find real joy, we must learn to look for beauty, peace, love, and all those things that make up the signature of God in each moment of our lives.  When I see His signature there in all the individual moments that make up the fabric of my life, my heart is filled to overflowing and I feel that for a brief second I have found real joy and have glimpsed eternity there in a moment.