This past Saturday a husband and father lost his life on a bike ride, just five short hours after me and my son had past the same point.   I did not know the man, however I feel a certain closeness as a father, husband and triathletes.   His death caused me to reflect on my own mortality.  As I rode my bike this Monday morning, I was very much more aware of the fragility of life.  How often I get distracted by thing that don't really matter, and miss the important things of life.  How often I miss the beauty and opportunity that this day provides. 

This is the day that the Lord has made, we will rejoice and be glad in it (Psalms 118:24).  Life is not easy or beyond its obstacles, but each day is a gift with many opportunities to reflect on the goodness of our creator and to be thankful for the privilege of living.  Today I was aware of a 44 year old body that is still able to ride, of a wife to kiss, and children to hug.  I was aware of the many friends and family still alive and willing to touch my life with their words and presence.  I was aware of a career that allows me to help others, and of the many people I have the privilege of counseling each day and each week.  I was aware of a beautiful sunrise, a partly cloudy ski and rain to cool the morning.  Today God granted me the ability to see today!

If this is my last day, I rejoice in what I can see, feel and appreciate what the Lord has provided.  Thank you God for your goodness....thank you God for sight.  I pray today that the family of the man that lost his life this past weekend has comfort and peace.  I also pray that you will embrace this day as a gift with all that is in it.

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