Enjoy this moment God has made,
o companions, knowing full well
we have no right to joy –
not having earned it,
not owning it nor having created it.
It’s a loan, a temporary possession,
slipping inevitably through our fingers.
Endure the suffering moments as well –
God’s loan, also – knowing we do not
own suffering and have not earned it.
We pray for one and not the other
but, God gives neither joy nor pain;
God’s gift is life – temporary, also –
the fleeting, undivided experience
and awareness of it – the ecstasy and horror,
love and bitterness, grief and pride,
the gentility and brutality of it through which
we must make our way, time after time,
until God gathers it all back again
into His vast, bestowing arms.
O child of God, to accept the gift of God,
accept the total, eternal ownership of the Giver.