Capturing the Moment

March 3, 2012 § 6 Comments

I owe you a ‘Part 2’ to last week’s post, and it will come, but this week I am compelled to speak into the moment. Katherine’s Mom, Millie Snider, passed away yesterday. Together, as a family we share the assurance of the Gospel – that she is home and awaits our great reunion at the Feast of Christ.

A flood of thoughts and emotions will continue to stream through our hearts as we think on and remember our sweet ‘Hen.’ We have already begun to reflect, weep, laugh, smile and grieve. But one thought that keeps coming back to us is the weekend we enjoyed with her last month. Deep down we knew this would likely be the last time we could enjoy her in this life. But now that she has left us, the significance of that moment is all the more meaningful.

The picture in this post is of a quick note that I gave to a young man in Starbucks last week. We were both at the bar that abuts the glass that separates the coffee shop from the rest of the mall. He was upset and deeply engrossed in what seemed to be a troubling phone call regarding faith and love. Though I normally pretend to not hear what is going on around me, in the moment I felt compelled to scratch this note and slide it over to him as he conversed on the phone.

Immediately he told the person on the other end of the phone line that he was with a preacher and needed to go. From there we engaged in an hour-long discussion about his life, and the crisis he faced. We exchanged contact information, prayed and have since kept in touch.

All because of a Moment.

Just the other day our Worship and Music Director informed me that he and the band will enter the studio and begin to record. Regardless of the outcome (and I suspect it will be stunningly good), he has captured a moment he will never regret.

It is a Moment he has stepped into.

In his sermon entitled, The Preciousness of Time, the puritan pastor Jonathan Edwards offers that we consider “how time is sometimes valued by those who are come near to the end of it.” Let’s face it, our time is short, and every moment is a gift that often slips our notice.

Every Moment.

When Jesus was ready to die, He used the language of the immediate, employing a Greek word that described a moment of significance, “…My time is at hand” (Matthew 26:18). His cry from the Cross, ‘It is finished!’ proved this out – Everything God promised for redemption was fulfilled in Jesus’ sacrifice.

All in that Moment.

Because we are unfinished we can get so wrapped up in details that steal the power and beauty of all these seemingly insignificant opportunities God brings our way. We lose them because they are often wrapped in the ‘ordinary,’ when in fact they are far more: A moment to reflect – A moment to encourage – A moment to sacrifice – A moment to give – A moment to say, ‘I’m sorry,’ or ‘I love you,’ or ‘I need you’ – You get the point – It’s a long list, and if we are honest we all have our regrets.

But here is the thing – If you are reading this, then the moment remains, and every relationship you enjoy, and each lovely reality you know, is there before you.

What will you do with this moment?


§ 6 Responses to Capturing the Moment

  • Leon Maiolo says:

    Hi, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I asked God to comfort you during this time, and I know he will. It was encouraging to read about the way you reached out to the young man on the phone. God has certainly used low points in my life to bring me closer to him.

  • tyreneh says:

    What a beautiful person Katherine’s momma was. What you wrote about her and describing her makes a person feel like they knew her…and Oh, how much better the world is/was with her in it. The blessings you all must have had with her! I will be remembering you all in missing her… you have such a gift in your writing, and are truly blessed with it… and each one I read deeply touches my soul, deep….

  • Marjorie says:

    You are an amazing guy. Who makes time for some troubled, unknown person in a coffee shop? It is so much easier to ignore than to get involved. You do. Thank you so much! Thank you for the reminder not to hurry through life ignoring those around me. Thank you for the reminder to enjoy the moment. I needed to read this today.

  • Gloria says:

    We absolutely have to guard against a life of doing and not “being.” Thanks for sharing what it looks like to be there for someone. There is a prayer I’m particularly fond of that says “living one day at a time, enjoying one moment at a time” that is so true for followers of Christ so we can see him lead! So glad that you two have each other and I too, am thankful that you guys shared your beautiful Hen with us. Will be in payer for all of you this week.

  • Jenny Smith says:

    Your words are inspiring and make me think twice about those “ordinary moments” where I could make a difference for another person. Thanks for that.

    My deepest sympathies to Katherine, you and the entire family.

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