Minute Meditations

If Today Were Your Last Day


If this were your last day, hour, minute, or breath, imagine how you might drink in the daylight, taste the twilight, touch the stars, smell the sunshine, delight at songbirds, listen to the look of your loved ones, bow before the sanctity of a stranger, be carried away with astonishment, and be beside yourself with awe at the wonder of it all. Perhaps we engage life in its fullness when we stop asking if we are “there” yet and live into the unfolding and radical realization that we are always already “here.” For it is only “here” that we can really be, wholly present and fully engaged; and no matter where you go, there you are.

—from the book Wandering and Welcome: Meditations for Finding Peace
by Joseph Grant

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2 thoughts on “If Today Were Your Last Day”

  1. Lord Jesus Christ, you became a servant for my sake to set me free from the tyranny of selfish pride and self-concern. Teach me to be humble as you are humble and to love others generously with selfless service and kindness. Amen.

  2. Michael Lopez-Kaley

    As a Theology professor, one of the most difficult things to teach students was “there is no ‘there’ to get to, but it is part of the ever-unfolding movement toward our God.” Ironically, when we die, we are finally “there.” Thank you, Joseph, for your meditation. It is a reminder that even in retirement we are not “there”, but continuing to grow in knowledge of God and purpose in life–until that last breath.

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