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Counting the days

Lord, through all the generations you have been our home! Before the mountains were created, before the earth was formed, you are God without beginning or end.

You speak, and man turns back to dust. A thousand years are but as yesterday to you! They are like a single hour! We glide along the tides of time as swiftly as a racing river, and vanish as quickly as a dream. We are like grass that is green in the morning but mowed down and withered before the evening shadows fall. We die beneath your anger; we are overwhelmed by your wrath. You spread out our sins before you - our secret sins - and see them all. No wonder the years are long and heavy beneath your wrath. All our days are filled with sighing.

Seventy years are given us! And some may even live to eighty. But even the best of these years are often emptiness and pain; soon they disappear, and we are gone. Who can realize the terrors of your anger? Which of us can fear you as he should?

Teach us to number our days and recognize how few they are; help us to spend them as we should. Psalm 90: 1-12 (TLB)

Frine Paola Cedano Berroa is from the Dominican Republic. This year Frine has resolved not to forget what day it is. She knows it sounds a bit absurd to forget what day it is, but sometimes it happens. In high school they were instructed to write the date on each page in their notebook. At university, this practice was not required, making it easier to lose track of the days.

Today's reading reminds us to think about how we spend our days. Do we pass our time not even knowing what day it is? Or do we strive to live life to the fullest according to God's will, gaining insight and praising God? Today is a good day to begin to live a purpose-filled life guided by the Holy Spirit. Now, using a pocket calendar, Frine has found a tool that helps her set and remember her agenda for the day. Each day we live for God is significant; it offers a new opportunity to bless the Lord and bless others. Each day we can ask God to "teach us to number our day" and to increase our knowledge.

Prayer: Giver of life, each day is a gift from you. Help us to acknowledge that gift as we work to do your will and praise your name, in Jesus' name. Amen.

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