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Thank You for Each Moment

image_1Lord, thank you for each moment,
for the blue-sky moment,
the softening earth,
the refreshing wind,
for my full heart
and the joy rising in me.
Soften me
to receive whatever comes as a gift
and to praise you in it.

image_2Lord, thank you for each moment
for the twilight moment,
the good tired,
for the quiet reflection,
the slowing down,
the mysterious sunset,
for the wisdom growing inside me.
Gentle me
to feel whatever comes as a gift
and to praise you in it.

Lord, thank you for each moment,
for the midnight moment,
the loneliness,
the fretful wondering,
for the watchful stars,
the long ache,
the sleepless wait,
and the hope straining in me.
Focus me
to see whatever comes as a gift
and to praise you in it.

image_4Lord, thank you for each moment,
for the high-noon moment,
the job,
the necessary routine,
for the sweaty struggle,
the impulse to change,
and the courage gathering in me.
Ground me
to wrestle with whatever comes as a gift
and to praise you in it.

image_5Lord, thank you for each moment,
for the shared moment,
the listening,
the unguarded word,
for the fragile openness,
the ready smile,
the accepted difference,
for my passionate heart
and the trust rooting in me.
Stretch me
to grow with whatever comes as a gift
and to praise you in it.

Thank you for each moment,
for the charged moment,
the confrontation,
for the hard decision,
the unexpected growing,
for my intense heart
and the truth expanding in me.
Free me
to be open to whatever comes as a gift
and to praise you in it.

Thank you for each moment,
for the holy moment,
the music,
the child’s eyes,
for the sunlight,
the touch,
the tears,
for the trembling pleasure,
the unutterable beauty,
for the life and love and heart in me aware,
and the wholeness spreading in me.
Touch me
through whatever comes as a gift
That I may be grateful
and praise you in it.
Lord, thank you for each moment,
for this incredible feeling of being alive,
for the people who love me,
for the people that I love,
for the people who share my thoughts at this blog,
for the little sparks that come my way,
and for this day, this special day.
Remind me always
that life, in each passing minute,
is borrowed time.

All the wordings in this post, except the last stanza, are taken from Ted Loder’s Guerillas of Grace.

Posted 8 years, 4 months ago at 8:43 pm.


39 Replies

  1. lord salamat sa buhay na iyong ibinigay sa amin at sa walang hanggang pag unawa sa lahat ng aming kamalian na kahit minsan ay nakakalimot kami sa aming mga dapat na ginagawa…

    salamat norte sa paalala..ingat, god bless….

  2. nortehanon Apr 29th 2009

    Salamat, payatot! God bless din!

  3. beary_good Apr 13th 2009

    Happy birthday, friend! Zinu naman yang batang yan sa last pic? ๐Ÿ˜€

  4. nortehanon Apr 29th 2009

    Naku, di ko po kilala yung bata. I just saw him dati sa airport in one of my trips. Naaliw lang ako kasi very reflective yung mood niya while looking through the wall.

  5. Happy birthday Miss N! Huhu.. Sayang na-late ang bati ko. Sana po ay nag-enjoy ka sa iyong birthday celebration.

    Ang gaganda po ng pictures Miss N pati nung poem. Kaka-inspire.

  6. nortehanon Apr 29th 2009

    No problem sa late na pagbati, emilayskie. Yep, I did enjoy my birthday. Every year naman I enjoy my birthday. Though hindi talaga ako naghahanda kahit kelan.

    Salamat for the compliments on the pictures and the poem.

  7. Nice post!


    Belated Hapiberdey! Sana makahabol pa…

    God Bless you!

  8. nortehanon Apr 29th 2009

    Thanks, Joy!
    God bless din!

  9. Belated Haberdey Miss Notehanon.. ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. nortehanon Apr 29th 2009

    Salamat, sandi!
    God bless!

  11. Nortehanon..

  12. berdey mo pala ms. n… another year of blessings and substantial writings for you ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. nortehanon Apr 29th 2009

    Thanks, enjoy! Sana nga ay marami pang inspirasyon ang dumating sa akin para magsulat at magbahagi ng aking damdamin ๐Ÿ˜‰

  14. ganda naman nung sunset! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  15. nortehanon Apr 29th 2009

    Thanks, AC. That was taken in Bora a few years back. But although it is in my camera, I think it is my friend who took that beautiful picture.

  16. berdey mo pala? hapi berdey muna! salamat sa Diyos!

  17. nortehanon Apr 29th 2009

    Salamat, blu!
    Yes, salamat sa Diyos!

  18. Uy birthday mo pala? Hapi hapi kaarawan Miss N. Thank you God that we can lift our hearts with gratitude, isang napalaking burden sa mga atheista (hihi).

  19. nortehanon Apr 29th 2009

    Thanks, Dfish. Yes, mabuti at meron tayong pinag-aalayan at katuwan natin sa lahat-lahat, maging ng ating mga failures. Otherwise, talagang malaking burden ๐Ÿ˜‰

  20. salamat sa pagshare ng dasal na ‘to. napakaoptimistic. pinapaalala lang na napakaraming bagay ang dapat nating ipagpasalamat. ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. nortehanon Apr 29th 2009

    Yes, bipolarsisa. And I believe na kahit na ang ating mga kahinaan, ang ating failures, at ang lahat ng mga pagsubok ay dapat na ipagpasalamat din because we learn many things from them.

  22. littlelobster Apr 14th 2009

    pabati din… hapi bertdey. kahit nahuli na bati ko. ๐Ÿ™‚ ingat lagi

  23. nortehanon Apr 29th 2009

    Salamat, littlelobster,
    Hmn, masarap sigurong panghanda sa birthday ang lobster, di ba? ๐Ÿ˜€ Ingat din.

  24. thank you for the gift of friendship… happy happy birthday!!!

  25. nortehanon Apr 29th 2009

    Salamat din, hab. You’ve been such a great friend din.

  26. ganda naman nito ms. n. there are indeed a lot of things we should be thankful for… God’s endless blessings.

    i’m sending you something ah…. hopefully within the week.

    makigrit na rin ako… HAPPY BIRTHDAY! more blessings of love and peace now and always.

  27. nortehanon Apr 29th 2009

    Salamat, winkie!
    Natanggap ko na what you have sent. Maraming, maraming salamat sa lahat-lahat.

  28. ganda naman..well crafted words..amazing photos!

  29. nortehanon Apr 29th 2009

    Thanks, eli!

  30. beautiful prayer….salamat po.

  31. nortehanon Apr 29th 2009

    Salamat, Germz!
    I am happy to see you here. At natutuwa akong you are back blogging again. Ingat lagi. God bless.

  32. nice poem and nice pix too

  33. nortehanon Apr 29th 2009

    Maraming salamat, edz!

  34. Thank you Lord and praise God!

    (Love your photos btw)

  35. nortehanon Apr 29th 2009

    Maraming, maraming salamat po.

  36. Belated Happy Birthday Miss N…
    Sensya na ngayon lang ako nakadalaw uli… Sobrang busy…

    I like the poem you used here… Will research about the author’s other works… ๐Ÿ™‚

    BTW, I’m now processing those pencils… Hopefully next week, maipapadala ko na… God bless!

  37. nortehanon Apr 29th 2009

    Thanks, Mark!
    No problem. Lahat talaga tayo nagiging busy at some point. Ako nga heto at kababalik din lang sa blog na ito.

    Maraming salamat din sa paghahanda ng mga pencils.

  38. I forgot to add – the pictures are all great!!!

  39. nortehanon Apr 29th 2009

    Thank you for the compliment, Mark. Coming from someone like you who has a good eye for pictures, nakakataba ng puso.

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