Signposts: Daily Devotions

Friday, January 23

So teach us to number our days that we may apply our hearts to wisdom.
—Psalm 90:12

I used to think that these words meant that life is short, which, of course, it is, especially the older one gets. But the psalmist means much more than that: He urges us to value each day, to live it, indeed to be ALIVE in it no matter how old we are. 

Joan Chittister, O.S.B., writes, “One of the most difficult, most seasoning elements of life is simply the fine art of getting up every morning.” She urges us to be present to each day, to see the Holy in the ordinary. “Mindless work—mowing the lawn, sweeping the sidewalk, washing the windows—is not a burden when the mind is full and the heart like a laser beam finds its way to God.”

Connected to God like THAT, we begin to notice, to see. Standing in line at the grocery store, we notice the mother with two young children and wonder how she does it. Sitting at a meeting with a cranky colleague, we ask ourselves what could be going on in that person’s home life. In traffic, we lighten up and look around and see all sorts of amazing things.

What a way to live!  Chittister reminds us of the obvious, that it is not easy to live this way. But this is how I want to live.

There is a wonderful blessing:

Life is short and we do not have much time to gladden the hearts of those who travel this way with us. So be swift to love, and make haste to be kind, and may the blessing of God be with us all evermore. 


Blessed Lord, teach us to number our days that we may apply our hearts to wisdom. Amen.