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Each Day's Unique Gift

Author: 
Senior Pastor Bill Hayden
Date Published: 
Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Each day that I a wake is like a gift to unwrap and experience what life has to offer. No day is the same and I’m glad because who wants to receive the same gift every day that they awake. There was a movie made some time ago called “Groundhog Day” where Bill Murray plays Phil Connors, an arrogant Pittsburgh TV weatherman. During an assignment covering the annual Groundhog Day event in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, he finds himself caught in a time loop, repeating the same day again and again.

There is no joy in receiving the same Father’s Day Gift each year from your children or grandchildren. You politely put a smile on your face and say, “Thank You” or lie and say, “That’s just what I wanted.” Sometimes the best gifts are unexpected and we may cherish and appreciate the element of surprise. Very few people do not like to be surprised with unexpected heartfelt gifts.

Sometime ago, I was thinking that it would be nice to have a certain meal prepared for me when I returned home from the office. To my surprise my wife had prepared exactly what I had been thinking about. It was like I had won the lotto…well not exactly; but I was a happy camper because it was done with love. Regardless of challenges during the morning, it was a happy day when I arrived at home.

When a person comes close to death, as I did years ago with congestive heart failure, you realize how precious God’s gift of life is and each day you have the privilege to share it with others. Death robs us of a certain completion we desire in our life, but it also reminds us of the value of each life God creates.

There are days that we would like to repeat and days that we would like to change;. Some of us plan, plot and imagine what kind of day we want to experience. Within moments our days can and will be interrupted by events not calculated by us.

Knowing that we have 24 hours in each day that can be challenging, I remind myself that “This is the day that the Lord has made. So rejoice and be glad in it.” The way we enter the day can be the way we end the day.

Bless us with your presence and join us this Sunday at the Villages Community Chapel in Cribari Auditorium 10a.m. to be encouraged over the Word, a cup of coffee and cookies. The chapel is a place for needs to be met, faith to be affirmed and people to love.  We would love to meet you.  To learn more about the Villages Community Chapel visit our website at http://www.villagescommunitychapel.org/