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Fleeting Moments


On a typical day we rarely live in the moment. There are times we don’t need to pay critical attention to each second, but there are specific times that truly need our stopping and really living in the moment.

 I often think of Thornton Wilder’s 1938 play, “Our Town.” This Pulitzer Prize winning play set in the early 1900s portrays the idea that we often appreciate our lives only when we reflect upon them near the time of our deaths. The character, Emily, who is allowed to return to her twelfth birthday years after her death, has an exchange with her mother where Emily asks her to stop and take in the moment and really look at her. Through this emotional scene, Emily concludes that possibly only saints and poets truly value life. 

My mother is gone, she died many years ago. I miss her. It is interesting now. When I see my friends talk about their days with their mothers or when I am with them and they call on their mothers who are nearby, it warms my heart to know they still have them. Living life with a mother, hopefully for many years to come, is precious. I am reminded of times with my mother and how I treasure with great joy certain special moments throughout my life that she bestowed upon me. My mother often stopped whatever she was doing, whether it was cooking dinner, picking herbs from her garden, greeting me in an airport as I returned home to visit or walking through the woods by a lake. She would just stop and turn to me and hold me. Looking me straight in the eyes, she would smile and tell me how much she loved me. It was mesmerizing, and I cherish those moments. I wanted to stay in that present time. It was NOT fleeting. It was purposeful. But like in the play “Our Town,” most of our days are fleeting, and we don’t stop to take the time to look our loved ones in the eyes and purposely express deep love and affection.

 The Lord lives in our daily lives.  He knows the number of hairs on our head and knows our comings and goings.  He knows each breath that we take.  He is intimately involved in our lives, whether we experience it or not.  He makes known to us the path of life.  In His presence there is fullness of joy, at His right hand are pleasures for evermore (Psalm 6:11). Ultimately, one of my favorite scriptures is Psalm 46:10, “Be still, and know that I am God.” By doing this we are remaining in the moment, it is not fleeting, but with determination, it is lasting. 

 I am writing this because I “see” too many fleeting moments, moments in my life but also in other’s lives. So be mindful of those special moments that you may want to freeze-frame and put into a stop or slow motion.  

Now, if someone asks you about your pendant, you have a great story to tell!


Fleeting Moments Jewelry – Copyright April, 2021




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