These words of Frederick Beuchner form one of my very favorite quotes:
“In the entire history of the universe, let alone in your own history, there has never been another day just like today, and there will never be another just like it again. Today is the point to which all your yesterdays have been leading since the hour of your birth. It is the point from which all your tomorrows will proceed until the hour of your death. If you were aware of how precious today is, you could hardly live through it. Unless you are aware of how precious it is, you can hardly be said to be living at all.”
Interestingly, this quote has woven its way through a lot of important events in my life. I first heard it when someone framed the day of my ordination with it. It became quite meaningful to me. I often voice it to others at weddings. It is the kind of quote that seems fitting for significant life events.
But this quote about ‘today’ is meant to speak about the everyday-ness of life also. We encounter this sacred juncture of yesterdays and tomorrows every time we experience today.
And we can be honest here: There are moments, entire days, and entire years of days that don’t feel so shiny and precious. Sometimes we are in the throes of grief, depression, or anxiety. Sometimes we hate our jobs. Sometimes we love but don’t like our kids. Sometimes we don’t know how we’re going to pay our bills.
We might not be living the today we want.
Yet it is today. There is some possibility in that. And if we can’t find the hope and preciousness in this day, that’s completely acceptable. In such moments, we can invite others can hope and believe on our behalf. No matter where we find ourselves — in an exhilarating day of possibility, or an anxious day of concern — it is a sacred juncture. It’s not the end.
But it is now. Will we open ourselves to it?