Last evening I am sitting on the couch watching Simeon, Mozart, Hobbes, and Frodo lying on the floor…sleeping. Pondering the expression, “It’s a dog’s life,” prompted me to google the origins, because at least our “dog’s lives” are anything but difficult. According to The Urban Dictionary, “The phrase was initiated in the 16th century when dogs would guard homes and small communities, were fed scraps, slept outside and had short lives. So it meant life wasn’t good.”
In our home Simeon and Mozart certainly do not have a difficult life, they are well fed, some may say too well fed, they are very good guard dogs as their barking is certainly alarm when the doorbell rings, but they are pretty spoiled and think the world revolves around them.
That being said, they are good teachers for me, though they do know some commands and do things for rewards and treats, and they walk fairly well when being exercised, they probably spend more time teaching me than the other way around when I am willing to pay attention.
Moz, as we call him, is the one who wants to be the center of attention, and not only the center of attention he wants to be in my face to make sure I haven’t forgotten about him. He is a bit of an attention hog, when I am giving Simeon attention he wants to get between me and Simeon to make sure I have not forgotten about him.
Simeon is a bit less anxious about presence. I have long called him my Zen Master when I am anxious or upset. Simeon, while he wants attention, is content to just sit at my feet, sometimes even just out of reach of being able to pet him, just satisfied to be present and close by.
While there are perhaps a whole host of lessons one might draw from my two companions here in the story I want to lift up just one. Over the past few weeks I have, we have as a community of faith, had opportunity to consider, ponder, reflect, grieve, and celebrate life and the unknown mysteries of death. For me it has been an opportunity once again to reflect on the things of life that are important.
What Simeon and Mozart teach me most in moments like this, is that is about the moment, the present moment. Though we may have belief, faith, dreams, and hopes of what tomorrow may or may not hold, while we may have belief, faith, dreams, and hopes of what life beyond this life might hold, really all we have is right now. Sharing our love and thoughts for those we know is not something we wait until tomorrow to give, right now is the only moment appropriate to express and share the grace and love in our hearts for God and one another.
My companions teach me these moments are here and then they are gone and I am called to be present here and now for those around me, for those I love and who love me. We are called to do the same as a community of faith, to be present and mindful of the Spirit as well as one another right here, right now.
So take a moment, right here and right now, to hug your kids, friends, and family. Send a note or give a call to those you love, let them know, now in this moment, while you can. Go spend some time with them, even if it is simply being present together. It will be good for their soul, it will be good for your soul.
Here is just another small way we seek to be mindful of the Spirit and our world here at the Hill, where you are one of the community. Here where there is always an open door, a safe space, a warm welcome, and a place at the table. Not Your Ordinary Church. Until next week, God bless, and know you are never alone.
Peace and Light on Your Journey,